Brampton-When her street was wrapped in Police tape, Sunita Dharamdial waited anxiously for her son to come home.
When his body lay in a casket, she prayed for him to wake up.
And when his accused killer stood in a prisoner’s box yesterday, she wanted him to look her in the eyes.
“I would like him to look at me and say why he (allegedly) did it,” Dharamdial said outside Brampton Court yesterday after the boy who turned 15 last month appeared on a charge of first-degree murder. “I will have my day.”
Yesterday was the second, albeit brief, appearance for the boy.
Dharamdial has vowed to see the proceedings through until the end.
Last week’s afternoon slaying Ravi Dharamdial, 14, shocked politicians and residents alike in what was thought to be a safe neighbourhood.
Nothing was taken in the attack while Dharamdial, a bright boy who had no run-ins with police, walked home from Sandalwood Heights Secondary School-not his necklace or shoes, not the $90 in his bag and not the cellphone used to call 911.
The accused killer glanced quickly at the courtroom yesterday, clad in the same blue and white plaid jacket over a blank hoodie he wore after his Wednesday morning arrest.
Surrounded by about a dozen family members, Sunita Dharamdial turned away and wept when the shackled boy entered the courtroom.
With a blank look on his face, the teen was remanded for a Nov. 5 hearing.
“It’s too early to say anything about this matter,” defence lawyer Gary Batasar said outside court. “It’s a tragedy for everybody involved.”
“Everybody is certainly sorry about what has taken place with this young man and now I have a young man in custody,” Batasar said. “He’s a 15-year-old boy charged with a serious offense. It’s clearly something that he’s very upset about.”
“This is all I have left,” Sunita Dharamdial said, gesturing to her t-shirt with her son’s picture. Her family expressed anger the accused didn’t show compassion” in the courtroom.
“He’s a little person with such a huge murder,” the slain boy’s aunt Shanita Agam said, adding she has started a petition to have the teen tried as an adult.