LETHBRIDGE: Following a full day of arguments in the sentencing of a 27-year old man, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter and assault with a weapon charges, the case has been set over to next month.
November 20th, 2010 Harpal Singh Dhillon went to a religious celebration at the community hall in Coalhurst, where he ran into another individual he had a history with. He shoved the man, whose older brother, 21-year old Jiwanjyot Singh Ghai of Lethbridge then stepped in between the two and tried to grab Dhillon's arms.
Witnesses stated that Ghai fell to the ground saying, "He's got a knife". Dhillon climbed on top of him and struck him a total of eight times with a knife, with the fatal blow being a stab wound to the heart. Two other men tried to intervene but Dhillon stabbed both of them, resulting in relatively minor injuries. Dhillon then ran and took off in his vehicle.
While a 911 call brought a nearby RCMP officer to the scene immediately, Ghai died within minutes and further attempts by paramedics to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
Dhillon turned himself in to Calgary police a few days later.
The Crown is asking for eight to 10-years in prison, while the defence countered with a recommendation of six to eight years.
Dhillon will remain out on bail leading up to his June sentencing date.