Panghali found guilty of second-degree murder, interference with dead body
By Jennifer Saltman, The Province
Manjit Panghali’s family and friends burst into tears when a judge found her husband Mukhtiar guilty of killing her and burning her body on a beach off Deltaport Way.
Panghali, 39, was charged with second-degree murder and interference with a dead body.
Justice Heather Holmes delivered her verdict in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster Friday.
Manjit disappeared after attending a prenatal yoga class in south Surrey on Oct. 18, 2006. She was four months pregnant with her second child. Her remains were found five days later.
An autopsy determined that the 31-year-old had been strangled to death before her body was set on fire.
Holmes said in her verdict that the Crown’s case was entirely circumstantial.