Mukhtiar Panghali who murdered pregnant wife loses appeal

Mukhtiar Panghali from Surrey, B.C., man who murdered his pregnant wife and burned her body has lost an appeal of his second-degree murder conviction.

Panghali was guilty of second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body, in the Oct. 18, 2006, strangulation of Manjit Panghali, 31. His trial was heard in B.C. Supreme Court, in New Westminster, in late 2010 and he was sentenced to life in prison in January 2011, with no eligibility to apply for parole until he’s served 11 years.

During the trial it was said that the teacher killed his wife after she’d returned home from a prenatal yoga class, staged the discovery of her car in Whalley, burned her body on a remote beach along Delta Port causeway in South Delta, and then delayed for as long as he could to lodge a missing persons complaint with the Surrey RCMP.

The burned remains of the 31-year-old, who was four months pregnant, were found in October 2006 near the Delta Port south of Vancouver.

After his wife’s disappearance Panghali initially attempted to convince the public he had nothing to do with his wife’s disappearance.

Panghali appealed his conviction on grounds the judge had erred in her findings, and that the guilty verdict was unreasonable and unsupported by the evidence.

But B.C. Appeal Court Justice David Frankel dismissed the appeal Tuesday in Vancouver after analyzing and rejecting all of Panghali’s arguments. Justices David Harris and Harvey Groberman concurred with Frankel’s decision.