11/10/2011 10:13 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

B.C. man who was convicted of killing his wife appeals murder conviction

VANCOUVER - A British Columbia man who was convicted of killing his pregnant wife and leaving her burned remains on a beach outside Vancouver will appeal his second-degree murder conviction.

No date has yet been set for the appeal by Mukhtiar Panghali.

B.C. Supreme Court Judge Heather Holmes sentenced Panghali to life in prison with no chance of parole for 15 years this March.

Panghali's wife Manjit, a 31-year-old elementary school teacher, was five months pregnant when her body was found on a beach outside Delta, B.C.

Her family say they aren't surprised with the appeal and say the convicted killer and former high-school teacher is just trying to find a loophole in the system.

Sister Jasmine Bhambra says the family wanted Panghali to accept and admit what he did and apologize.

(News 1130/The Canadian Press)