Day: May 9, 2019

‘Hatred, I hate him’: Daughters of Mohammed Shamji describe confusion and heartache

For the first time since Mohammed Shamji was arrested for the murder of his wife, the couple’s eldest daughter laid eyes on her father as he sat in a prisoner’s box.

“I did make eye contact with him multiple times, just to let him know that I was there,” said Yasmin Shamji.

“I just wanted him to know that I was there, just to see me after two and a half years, to let him know. Not in a good way, not in way that (would) make him feel okay. I wanted him to feel that he’s been missing out on my childhood.”

The body of her mother, Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, was discovered stuffed in a suitcase that was discarded by a river in Kleinberg, Ont. on Dec. 1, 2016. Her father was arrested 24 hours later. He has been in custody ever since.

On Thursday, the 43-year-old neurosurgeon was handed an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 14 years.

Yasmin, her 11-year-old sister Faiza and their five-year-old brother Marius have lived with their maternal grandparents in Windsor, Ont. since their North York home became a crime scene.

One day before they learned their son-in-law’s fate, Ana and Josip Fric described their regret, saying they wished they did more to encourage their daughter to leave the abusive relationship.

“As the cold blooded killer that he is… The way he killed my daughter, I could not recognize her,” Ana Fric said.

“He didn’t kill her, he massacred her.”

Throughout the proceedings, court heard that after years of a “volatile and dysfunctional” marriage, Fric-Shamji finally decided to “give up the marriage for good” and served her husband divorce papers.

Two days later, while their children were asleep in their beds, he attacked her.

Shamji beat her, breaking her neck and ribs, before choking her to death.

The suitcase containing her body was found not long after family reported her missing.

Fric-Shamji’s sister, Caroline Lekic, asked the same question many have asked since the 40-year-old disappeared, just weeks before Christmas.

“Why did you do it?” she said, wiping tears from her eyes.

“Why? You’re smart, you’re educated, and you had everything going for you. Why? You could’ve got divorced like millions of other people do, why didn’t you take that easier route than this? Was this worth it?”

The couple’s 11-year-old daughter, Faiza, said she may never understand what drove her father to kill her mom.

“I think, where did he go wrong?” she asked.

“When did he think it was okay to do that? What was his thought process when he was doing what he did? What made him think that it was okay to do that…I really want to know.”

The Crown described the couple’s marriage as “volatile and dysfunctional” and detailed the emotional and physical abuse Fric-Shamji suffered over the last 12 years.

Yasmin said she thought the fighting was normal.

“I thought it was natural at first but when I heard about other kids and their parents and how they were happy,” she said. “Yeah they had their fights, but it sucked to know that my family was fighting and dysfunctional and all that.”

They now know what was happening inside their North York home was far from normal.

“Hatred. I hate him, honestly,” Yasmin said. “I’m angry, I’m just more so scared than sad than angry, as well. It’s a mix of emotions.”

The slain doctor’s mother had more pointed words for the man she once considered family.

“You make me sick,” she said. “You make me sick.”

With files from CTV News Toronto’s Austin Delaney

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‘Hatred, I hate him’: Daughters of Mohammed Shamji describe confusion and heartache

For the first time since Mohammed Shamji was arrested for the murder of his wife, the couple’s eldest daughter laid eyes on her father as he sat in a prisoner’s box.

“I did make eye contact with him multiple times, just to let him know that I was there,” said Yasmin Shamji.

“I just wanted him to know that I was there, just to see me after two and a half years, to let him know. Not in a good way, not in way that (would) make him feel okay. I wanted him to feel that he’s been missing out on my childhood.”

The body of her mother, Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, was discovered stuffed in a suitcase that was discarded by a river in Kleinberg, Ont. on Dec. 1, 2016. Her father was arrested 24 hours later. He has been in custody ever since.

On Thursday, the 43-year-old neurosurgeon was handed an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 14 years.

Yasmin, her 11-year-old sister Faiza and their five-year-old brother Marius have lived with their maternal grandparents in Windsor, Ont. since their North York home became a crime scene.

One day before they learned their son-in-law’s fate, Ana and Josip Fric described their regret, saying they wished they did more to encourage their daughter to leave the abusive relationship.

“As the cold blooded killer that he is… The way he killed my daughter, I could not recognize her,” Ana Fric said.

“He didn’t kill her, he massacred her.”

Throughout the proceedings, court heard that after years of a “volatile and dysfunctional” marriage, Fric-Shamji finally decided to “give up the marriage for good” and served her husband divorce papers.

Two days later, while their children were asleep in their beds, he attacked her.

Shamji beat her, breaking her neck and ribs, before choking her to death.

The suitcase containing her body was found not long after family reported her missing.

Fric-Shamji’s sister, Caroline Lekic, asked the same question many have asked since the 40-year-old disappeared, just weeks before Christmas.

“Why did you do it?” she said, wiping tears from her eyes.

“Why? You’re smart, you’re educated, and you had everything going for you. Why? You could’ve got divorced like millions of other people do, why didn’t you take that easier route than this? Was this worth it?”

The couple’s 11-year-old daughter, Faiza, said she may never understand what drove her father to kill her mom.

“I think, where did he go wrong?” she asked.

“When did he think it was okay to do that? What was his thought process when he was doing what he did? What made him think that it was okay to do that…I really want to know.”

The Crown described the couple’s marriage as “volatile and dysfunctional” and detailed the emotional and physical abuse Fric-Shamji suffered over the last 12 years.

Yasmin said she thought the fighting was normal.

“I thought it was natural at first but when I heard about other kids and their parents and how they were happy,” she said. “Yeah they had their fights, but it sucked to know that my family was fighting and dysfunctional and all that.”

They now know what was happening inside their North York home was far from normal.

“Hatred. I hate him, honestly,” Yasmin said. “I’m angry, I’m just more so scared than sad than angry, as well. It’s a mix of emotions.”

The slain doctor’s mother had more pointed words for the man she once considered family.

“You make me sick,” she said. “You make me sick.”

With files from CTV News Toronto’s Austin Delaney

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Mohammed Shamji sentenced to life in prison for killing Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, his wife and a prominent Toronto doctor

Mohammed Shamji sentenced to life in prison for killing Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, his wife and a prominent Toronto doctor

Shamji faced an automatic life sentence for killing his wife two days after she filed for divorce. Both the Crown and defence have recommended he should serve 14 years before he can first apply for parole.

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Toronto neurosurgeon who killed his wife gets life sentence, no parole for 14 years

TORONTO — A Toronto man who murdered his wife two days after she filed for divorce has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 14 years.

Neurosurgeon Mohammed Shamji, 43, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder in the death of 40-year-old Elana Fric Shamji, a well-respected family doctor.

Justice John McMahon says the case is yet another tragic instance of domestic homicide that he sees far too often.

Court heard Fric Shamji served her husband with divorce papers two days before he attacked her, broke her neck and ribs, and choked her to death as their three children slept nearby.

Her mother told court at a sentencing hearing yesterday that Shamji destroyed their entire family, leaving them heartbroken and filled with rage.

The Crown and defence had asked both the court to set the parole ineligibility period for Shamji at 14 years.

“Three young children have lost their mother forever,” McMahon said. “Their father has now admitted, and convicted to, killing their mother and sentenced to life in prison today.”

McMahon credited Shamji for his last-minute guilty plea, which saved his young daughter from testifying as a key witness at the trial. But he also condemned Shamji for the nature of the brutal murder at the couple’s home.

“I recognize there is no evidence of planning. A heated argument led to the killing,” McMahon said. “The nature of the violence is extreme.”

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