Mukhtiar Panghali is a Canadian citizen who was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife. Manjit Panghali, on 18 October 2006. Manjeet Panghali was four months pregnant at the time of the murder. His charred body was found on a remote beach along the Deltaport Causeway in the South Delta in Canada five days after his disappearance. The couple had a three-year-old daughter when Mukhtiar killed Manjit Panghali.
Mukhtiar Panghali was born in 1972.age 50 years; by 2022,
Hair Color: Black
Eye Colour: Black
parents and siblings
The names of his parents are not known. He has a brother named Sukhwinder Panghali.
wife and children
Mukhtiar Panghali was married to Manjit Panghali, She was an elementary school teacher in Surrey, Canada.
The couple has a daughter named Maya.
Manjit Panghali murder
In 2006, Mukhtiar Panghali was working as a physics teacher at Princess Margaret Secondary School in Surrey. his wife, Manjit Panghali, went missing on 18 October 2006. She was last seen in a prenatal yoga class in Surrey, Canada. After twenty-six hours, Mukhtiar Panghali had filed a complaint about the missing of his wife. Five days later, the remains of his badly burned body were found on a remote beach along the Deltaport Causeway in the South Delta in Canada.
Mukhtiar Panghali was seen at several media conferences crying out for his missing wife and appealing for Manjeet’s safe return soon after she went missing.
The postmortem report said that Manjeet was first strangled to death, and then her body was taken to Delta Beach to be burnt.
Canadian police detained Manjit Panghali in March 2007 based on surveillance evidence that revealed that Mukhtiar had bought a lighter and a newspaper from a local store at night when his wife went missing. Mukhtiar used Manjeet’s phone after his death and later during the investigation he lied about it.
Initially, during the court proceedings, Mukhtiar Panghali claimed that he was not guilty of murder. But, Mukhtiar later confessed that he killed his wife Manjit Panghali, as he had negative feelings towards her.
Mukhtiar Panghali was sentenced to life imprisonment for fifteen years without parole by Justice Heather Holmes in January 2011. The BC Supreme Court in New Westminster found him guilty of second-degree murder and interfering with an autopsy in 2010. Soon after the verdict, Crown Prosecutor Dennis Murray pronounced Manjit PanghaliAs the theory of murder,
The teacher killed his wife after returning home from a prenatal yoga class, staged a search of his car in Whaley, burned her body on a remote beach along the Deltaport Causeway in the South Delta, and then left until he could. Till then, the complaint of missing missing could be filed with Surrey RCMP.
Soon after Mukhtiar was sentenced to life in prison by the British Columbia Supreme Court in 2011, Manjit and Mukhtiar’s family members fought a protracted legal battle for the custody of the couple’s only daughter, Maya. The court granted his custody to Manjeet’s sister Jasmine Bhambra, who is alive. In Canada with her husband and three biological children. Soon after getting custody of the child, Jasmine Bhambra said in a media conference that she experienced the toughest time of her life when she was fighting for the custody of Manjeet’s daughter. He said,
The custody battle was grueling and too painful, to overcome the trauma. It was horrifying to see his face all the time. It was the hardest time of my life.”
Mukhtiar appealed against his conviction orders twice, one in 2012 and the other in 2014; However, his appeal was rejected both the times. In 2014, the family members of Manjit Panghali had applied for compensation under the Family Compensation Act on behalf of Manjeet’s ten-year-old daughter Maya. Soon, Maya is compensated by her father for over half a million dollars on the loss of her mother, Manjit Panghali, The order of a BC Supreme Court judge read as,
The court award comes to $555,000 and includes $172,000 for future loss of support and child care, $129,000 for past loss of support and child care, $54,700 for damages caused by the daughter’s dependence on her mother, and future loss of dependency. Includes $165,000 for damages and $35,000 for damages. guidelines. An additional $58,600 will be set aside for a public guardian and trustee fee.”
In February 2014, the British Columbia Teachers Regulation Branch banned Mukhtar Panghali from teaching for twenty-five years. He was serving a life sentence for the murder of his four-month pregnant wife when the notice was issued to him. The notice read as,
(Panghali’s) action is wholly inconsistent with the standards expected of teachers, and to affirm that teachers remain subject to high standards of ethical conduct that support public confidence in the profession.
The BC Supreme Court and the Parole Board of Canada released Mukhtiar Panghali from prison without protection in October 2021. Under these holidays, they were allowed to meet their family members and indulge in social activities. However, the court issued notice with leaves regarding the mental health condition of Mukhtiar Panghali. It added that Mukhtiar was still at high risk of violence against an intimate partner. Court said,
The psychologist explained that if you commit another violent crime in the future, it will likely be associated with not managing negative emotions in the context of an intimate relationship. ,
The Parole Board of Canada further said that Mukhtiar would not contact Manjeet’s family members and the couple’s daughter Maya. The conditions further said,
Under the terms of his release, Panghali cannot consume drugs or alcohol and must report any intimate relationships with women, as well as friendships. ,
Facts / Trivia
- The investment property and matrimonial home of Mukhtiar and Manjit were sold by the court for over $260,000 in the midst of the court proceedings in the Manjit Panghali murder case. Both the families of the couple claimed the amount of properties soon after the sale by the court.
- After Manjeet Panghali’s murder, the police investigation revealed that Manjit and one of the neighbors of Mukhtiar’s family claimed that there was an issue between Manjit Panghali and his brother-in-law Sukhwinder Panghali. The neighbor told
They took out the brother-in-law and she was as if I could get my house back. ,
- A web series based on married life and murder Manjit Panghali Was released in March 2022 on Discovery Plus channel. The title of the web series is ‘Til Death Do Us Part: The Murder of Manjit Basra’.