Four-year sentence for fatal liquor store punch

Surrey's Sher Singh, 53, was killed by teen in 2009.

B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.

A 20-year-old who killed a 53-year-old Surrey man has been sentenced to four years in jail.

Burnaby’s Faris Omerovic was handed the sentence in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster on Thursday morning.

However, because he was given double credit for the 17 months already spent in pretrial custody, Omerovic will only spend another 13 months in prison.

He will also be on probation for three years following his jail term and has a 10-year firearms prohibition.

Surrey resident Sher Singh was killed on March 1, 2009 when he dropped by the liquor store next to Donegal’s Pub at Scott Road and 96 Avenue to visit some friends who were working there.

When he saw Omerovic, then 19, trying to steal a bottle from the liquor store, Singh attempted to intervene by grabbing the teen by the arm. The would-be thief turned and punched the older man in the head, knocking him to the floor where he hit his head and fell unconscious.

After he came to, police said Singh refused medical treatment and left with a family member.

The next day, he was found dead in his room at home. An autopsy revealed he had suffered a fatal brain injury consistent with a blow to the head.

The incident was captured on store surveillance tapes, but Omerovic wasn’t charged until nearly a year after. He was convicted of manslaughter in April.

– with files from Dan Ferguson

Surrey North Delta Leader

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