Showing genuine remorse for the deaths of two of his victims out of three won’t land a convicted triple-murderer freedom just yet, a Calgary judge ruled yesterday.


“While I believe Mr. (Daljit Singh) Dulay has shown genuine remorse and regret for the murder of his sister and her friend, I cannot conclude he has shown the same remorse for his sister’s husband,” Justice Sandy Park concluded in Dulay’s pre-hearing for a chance of early release.


Justice Park was given the onus of concluding whether or not Dulay would stand a chance of receiving the so-called faint hope clause to give him a chance at early release, to which Park ruled Dulay had no chance on the third murder charge.


The ruling was unusual and prosecutor Steve Koval had trouble “wrapping his head around it.”


“It’s a weird ruling. It’s just a really weird judgement,” Koval said afterwards.

Basically Dulay would be allowed to apply for the faint-hope clause for two of the three murder sentences he is serving, but not the third, thus making it impossible for him to be released anyway.

Dulay took it upon himself to murder his sister and her new husband because his family felt shamed by the relationship because the two came from the same village and that is akin to being incestuous in the Sikh culture, and the family was shunned.

After years of justifying his actions, Dulay denounced the cultural approval of violence in 2001 and realized there was “no honour in killing.” Still, it wasn’t enough to grant him a chance at early parole yesterday.

But Justice Park said Dulay could try to prove his remorse again in two years.

‘Honour killing’

  • Dulay was sentenced to three life sentences after ambushing his sister, her husband and their friend with an AK-47 in what he called an “honour killing” in March 1991.