Family of slain teen 'betrayed' by killer's sentence

He stabbed Rajiv (Ravi) Dharamdial five times in the chest and abdomen,two fatal wounds penetrating his heart. Then he ran away.

Eleven months ago, two 14-year-olds had a confrontation in a Brampton ravine.

One had a knife and a grudge.

He stabbed Rajiv (Ravi) Dharamdial five times in the chest and abdomen, two fatal wounds penetrating his heart. Then he ran away.

The teenaged killer rinsed the knife with bleach and dropped it down a sewer. He threw away or burned the clothes he had been wearing at the murder scene. Then, after police released a description of the killer, he cut his hair and stayed in hiding until surrendering to police with his lawyer eight days after the murder.

For all that, the killer, now 15, will serve only eight months, the remaining part of the two-year custody portion of the seven-year sentence imposed yesterday by Justice Bruce Durno for a guilty plea to second-degree murder. The sentence is the maximum for second-degree murder under Canada’s youth laws.

Outside the Brampton courthouse, the victim’s mother, Sunita Dharamdial, bitterly lamented the fact that the teen, who was originally charged with first-degree murder before his plea bargain, will be out of custody in eight months. The killer has been in custody since Oct. 22, 2008.

“He’s going to get to go home but the only thing coming home to me is Ravi’s backpack and shoes and his belongings,” Sunita said. “Like a fallen soldier coming home.”

“We feel betrayed by the law,” Ravi’s uncle Ram added. “Two years isn’t enough. Where is the justice for taking a life?”

But as much as the sentence was difficult to accept for the Dharamdials, they were equally upset by the fact the convicted teen never apologized to the family for killing their only son on Oct. 14, 2008, as he walked home from school.

“He never said sorry … he doesn’t have a heart … nothing … no remorse …” Sunita said.

“Our Ravi will never return … Our son will never visit … Our son will never age. We must visit him at a gravesite.”

 
 
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