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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, April 1, 2013

Husband Kills His Wife & Collects Her Life Insurance

GavelA man who suffered from severe mental illness and killed his wife was permitted by a Superior Court in Canada to collect her life insurance policy. In 2006, a trial court found Ved Dhingra not criminally responsible for his wife’s murder due to his mental disorder. Moreover, the court held there was no evidence that the policy had anything to do with the murder. The Attorney General’s application for the court to apply the Civil Remedies Act was denied. The purpose of this act is to pay damages to victims of crime and disallow criminals from benefiting from their criminal actions. Additionally, the act does not provide an exception for a mentally ill person. According to Ottawacitizen.com, the decision is being reviewed and is within the 30-day appeal time frame. 

See Diana Mehta, Court Tosses Ontario's Claim To Life Insurance Payout For Insane Wife Killer, OttawaCitizen.com, Mar. 27, 2013.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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