Surrey’s Brookside Sikh Temple former president pleads guilty to manslaughter in wife’s death

The former leader of a Sikh temple in Surrey, Baldev Kalsi has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his wife, Narinder Kaur Kalsi.

Narinder Kalsi was brutally assaulted in her Surrey home in July 2014, and found in what police described as life-threatening condition.

Baldev Singh Kalsi appeared in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster on Monday afternoon.The only words he spoke came after the clerk asked him to enter a plea.

“Yes, your honour. I am guilty,” he said as he looked up at the judge.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 22. Kalsi , the former president of the Brookside Sikh Temple was originally charged with aggravated assault in July of 2014.

His wife, Narinder Kaur Kalsi, was found in severe medical distress at the couple’s south Surrey home.She was taken to the hospital in critical condition and died days later after she was taken off life support.

The charge against Baldev Kalsi was upgraded to second degree murder after Narinder’s death.

World Sikh Organization B.C. vice president Jasbir Kaur Randhawa said at the time, “The entire community is shocked by this incident,”

“Violence against women is a serious problem that needs to be addressed by the South Asian community, including Sikhs.”