CALGARY – A man charged in a violent double homicide in Penbrooke Meadows last month made his first court appearance on Monday.
Hari Pal is accused in the stabbing deaths of his 36-year-old ex-wife Sanjula Devi and her 29-year-old friend Fahmida Velji-Visram, at a home along Penbrooke Drive on May 4th.
It’s alleged Devi and Velji-Visram were attacked by Pal while collecting some of Devi’s belongs.
A third woman was wounded.
Pal appeared in court in person. He hadn’t been able to appear in court previously because he had been in hospital recovering from self-inflicted injuries.
The court appearance was an emotional one for Velji-Visram’s husband, who came to watch the proceedings; Monday would have marked the couple’s second wedding anniversary.
“Today is our second year anniversary,” said Rahim Visram outside the courthouse. “Instead of seeing my wife, I have to see the person [accused of murdering her] … how do you put that into words?”
“I didn’t even get two years with my wife and she’s taken away from me. All I hope is justice is served and I hope Calgary is a better place for knowing how wonderful she was.”
Through a Hindi interpreter, Pal said he has no lawyer or money to hire one, so the judge told him to get legal aid.
Pal is scheduled to appear in court again on June 16th.