Baldev Kalsi, a Sikh community leader sentenced to 11 years for manslaughter

Baldev Kalsi,70 the former leader of a Sikh temple in Surrey has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for the 2014 beating death of his wife,Narinder Kaur Kalsi.

In November 2017, Baldev Singh Kalsi pleaded guilty to manslaughter for punching his wife with his fists, stomping on her and then hitting her with a clothes iron.

B.C. Supreme Court heard that Kalsi beat his wife Narinder with his fists, stomped on her, than bashed her with a clothes iron.He didn’t seek medical attention, but instead he drove to a friend’s house and told him that his wife was no more.

Narinder Kaur Kalsi was found in severe medical distress at the couple’s South Surrey home in July 2014. She died in hospital days later when she was taken off life support.

Kalsi was originally charged with aggravated assault before charges were upgraded to attempted murder and then second-degree murder.

He is the former president of the Brookside Sikh Temple.Both Crown and defence requested the 11-year sentence. Kalsi faces nine years and 11 months behind bars after credit for time serve is applied.

The judge said that the couple – married 45 years, and parents to three boys – had shared an “intermittently strained” marriage and that days prior to the violence, a rift had developed following an argument between Narinder Kalsi and her sister-in-law. Baldev Kalsi denies that rift, the judge noted.

Last month, Crown and defence lawyers submitted a joint sentence agreement suggesting a total term of 11 years in jail. Last week, the proceedings were delayed after Kalsi’s second lawyer, Peter Wilson, informed the court that he had been dismissed.

Kalsi’s original lawyer on the matter, Les Mackoff, returned to court Tuesday to assist in concluding the case, and Justice Trevor Armstrong declared his agreement with an 11-year sentence, less 477 days for time served.