By Dave Andrusko
On Thursday Ontario Superior Court Justice Jocelyn Speyer sentenced Nicholas Baig to life in prison with no chance of parole for 17 years for the viciously brutal murder of his 9-month-pregant wife.
That’s one year for each time Baig stabbed the defenseless Arianna Goberdhan in April 2017 at Baig’s home. Her baby, whom she intended to name Asaara, miraculously received no injuries. “But left to bleed to death, Goberdhan and her baby couldn’t be saved by the time paramedics arrived,” an infuriated Toronto Sun columnist Michele Mande wrote.
There is no provision in Canadian law to punish someone for killing an unborn child, even Asaara, who died just 20 days before her mother’s April 27 due date.
“Baig was arrested 24 hours later in Markham following a day-long search and charged with second-degree murder,” according to Amara McLaughlin of CBC News. Days later investigators upgraded the charge to first-degree murder after meeting with Crown attorneys, however in January he would plead guilty to the lesser charge of second-degree murder.”
The details of Baig’s attack are too gruesome to go into. Suffice it to say, according to McLaughlin’s account,
Goberdhan phoned police surreptitiously, but did not speak. Court documents state the operator heard her plead with Baig, saying: “You have to let me go. You have to let me go home … you can’t keep me here like this in the state that you are in Nick.”
Baig stabbed her to death after the call ended, Justice Speyer said
Whatever the source of Baig’s rage, a lengthy series of tweets he sent his wife, who had been living for months with her parents, rippled with hate and anger and vile language.
“He went on to write: ‘You’re a lying whore and I hope you die delivering. I’ve never wished death on anyone before. I hope to God you stop breathing while you drive. I really don’t want to be married to you.’”
Friends and family “remembered Goberdhan in their victim impact statements as a vibrant and compassionate person who would light up any room she walked in to,” McLauglin reported.
Under current law, “Baig faced no charges for killing his unborn daughter,” Mande wrote. “With supporters rallying outside the courthouse, Goberdhan’s family urged Parliament to amend the Criminal Code in her memory.”