A Second Degree Murderer Asks for Mercy

Topics: Social control theory, Crime, Criminology Pages: 5 (1753 words) Published: April 3, 2013
Criminal event
Criminal event
A second-degree murderer asks for leniency

Nanxi Wang

Crim 1125, Introduction to Criminology
Cathy Huth
Due date: April 3, 2013

A second-degree murderer asks for leniency
Ninderjit Singh, a man who executed his ex-girlfriend in 1999, asked the judge for leniency last week in B.C. Supreme Court (Burgmann, 2013). Singh has been hidden in U.S. for 14 years, and he was 21 years old back then. He fled the same day to California, where he grew a bushy beard, gained weight and lived under an alias until police hunted him down in August 2011, just before he was to apparently get an operation to alter his fingerprints (Burgmann, 2013). Not only that, Singh’s family did not feel shame of what he did to a innocent girl, but also “the family of killer Ninderjit Singh gave him $150,000 for false ID, raised cash for surgery to change his fingerprints and lied to police about his whereabouts for more than 12 years” (Bolan, 2013, para. 1). His family is definitely not using a right judgment and method to deal with the case. They only considered how to protect their son from getting hurt by the law, but forgot to think about the mistake Singh made to ruin the other family and the girl’s entire future. This case can be applied by the power control theory because Singh had a low self- control and broken the social bonds that caused him to have criminal behavior. In early control theory speculated that low self- control was a product of weak self-esteem (Siegel & McCormick, 2012). Singh was jealous and controlling over his ex-girlfriend. He had another girlfriend when he was with the victim, Poonam Tandhawa, but when he heard the rumor that she had been unfaithful to him, and then he was out of control. Singh went to threated the victim and ask her to tell the truth. The last few words she had was that, I am not scared of you, go ahead, and shoot me (Woodward, 2013). Siegel cheated on Tandhawa first because he did not want to take fully responsibility in their relationship. Another reason that he cheated on her could be he did not have self- esteem, so that he wanted to approve that there are other girls want to be with him. On the other side, he was so unsecured in the relationship with Tandhawa. Singh believed the rumor, which is not true, that she was unfaithful in the relationship. Because of his jealousy, he had to pull a trigger on her, but it was fine with he cheated on her which she did not even notice about it. Singh probably believed cheating on his ex-girlfriend helped raise his self-esteem, but heard from other people about his ex-girlfriend cheated on him had broken down his self-esteem, so he had to do something to bring it back. That’s why he felt put a gun on her head in front of her friend could make him to look cool. When Tandhawa did not show that she was scared of him, he got mad and decided to shot her. From he was cheating on his ex-girlfriend to he thought she was cheating on him, and she deserved to die, we can definitely define Singh had weak self-esteem which caused him to be lacked of self-control. Which lead to my next point that is he had broken the social bonds. One of the elements of the social bond is belief. Belief includes honesty, morality, fairness, and responsibility (Siegel & McCormick, 2012). Singh assumed that Tandhawa was cheating on him. Even if that was true, cheating in a relationship does not cause the person to die. Even more, Singh was the one who cheated in the relationship, so if anyone should have a punishment, that should be him not her. He was contempt for life, and obviously he did not respect the victim at all. After he shot Tandhawa, he dumped her into Vancouver lane like a garbage, her cousin said (Woodward, 2013). Does not matter he killed one person or ten people, and does not matter what was his motivation; he was an adult when he committed the crime and he should take fully responsibility for his action which he did...
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