Toronto neurosurgeon pleads guilty to second-degree murder in death of wife

A Toronto neurosurgeon accused of beating and strangling his physician wife to death pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in a Toronto courtroom on Monday.

The plea comes mere days before Dr. Mohammed Shamji’s six-week trial was set to begin..

Shamji has been in custody since his arrest on Dec. 2, 2016.

His wife and the mother of his three children, Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, was discovered just one day earlier, stuffed inside a suitcase that was abandoned in a wooded area of Kleinberg, Ont.

According to an agreed statement of facts, the couple’s marriage had been “marred by reports of verbal, emotional and at times physical abuse of Elana by Mohammed.”

The 12-year marriage was “volatile and dysfunctional,” the court heard, which led Fric-Shamji to file for divorce in May of 2016.

However, Shamji “resisted” the separation and two reconciled.

By summertime, Fric-Shamji “decided to give up the marriage for good.” At the same time, she began having an affair with a fellow doctor.

Shamji became aware of the affair in the winter. He was formally served divorce papers on Nov. 28, 2016.

“In the following days, things were volatile in the matrimonial home,” the statement of facts read. “Mohammed was imposing himself on her in an attempt to change her mind.”

On the night of her death, the couple got into a heated argument in the bedroom of their North York home while their three young children were asleep. The commotion woke their eldest daughter – then 11 years old – who said she heard banging, her mother’s screams and then silence.

When the little girl went to her parents’ room, her father ordered her to go back to bed.

“Mohammed struck Elana multiple times, causing her significant blunt force injuries all over her body, including a broken neck and broken ribs. He then choked her to death,” the statement reads.

“After the killing Mohammed packed his wife’s body in a suitcase and drove about 35 kilometres north of the city and dumped the suitcase in the Humber River.”

Shamji, a neurosurgeon at Toronto Western Hospital, carried on with his normal daily routines after the murder, even performing scheduled surgeries the following day.

As concern grew about his wife’s whereabouts, the court heard Shamji “lied to just about everyone he came into contact with” about where she may be.

He went as far as planting phone messages “calculated” to try and blame his wife’s lover and “cover his own tracks.”

Fric-Shamji was reported missing by her mother before a passerby discovered the suitcase.

Ana Fric told reporters outside the courtroom that her family will never see justice.

“The only justice we could have is if she would come back… But she’ll never come back,” she said.

Fric-Shamji has been described as a “passionate” and talented family doctor who worked at Scarborough and Rouge Hospital. Her untimely death spurred widespread grief among those in the health-care community, as well as her colleagues.

The family and friends of Fric-Shamji have regularly been in attendance at court proceedings wearing purple ribbons on their shirts as a symbol of domestic violence awareness.

Lawyer for the Fric family, Jean DeMarco, said crucial details of the case have been “shroud in secrecy” as the courts prepared for a full trial. The family has stayed relatively quiet through the proceedings due to a custody battle and civil suit that took place over the past few years.

“They (the family) did support the plea. Although it was the Crown’s decision, it was supported by the family,” she said.

DeMarco said many questions will be answered following the sentencing, but that some elements will remain confidential in an effort protect the couple’s young children.

The couple’s two daughters, now 14 and 12, were in the courtroom as their father entered his plea.

At one point, one of the two girls left the courtroom abruptly in tears.

“She is the one who gave a full day of testimony at the preliminary inquiry and she feels very much a part of the process and didn’t feel she should be excluded,” DeMarco said.

“She’s 14. We did feel it was better for her to not be there, but she chose to be there.”

CP24 crime specialist and former homicide detective Steve Ryan, who led the investigation before retiring from the force, said he believes the guilty plea will impact the judge’s sentencing decision.

A second-degree murder charge laid in Canada carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for anywhere between 10 and 25 years.

“He may get the 18-year range for that,” Ryan said. “He’s got to get some credit for taking responsibility. He doesn’t force his daughters to testify against him, and he prevents the family from having to listen to all that evidence.”

Shamji is due back in court for sentencing on May 8.

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‘Significant development’ due today in Toronto neurosurgeon murder trial, police say

Toronto police say a “significant development” is expected today in the case of a Toronto neurosurgeon accused in the murder of his physician wife.

Dr. Mohammed Shamji has been in custody since his arrest on Dec. 2, 2016.

The body of his wife, Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, was discovered just one day earlier inside a suitcase that was discarded in a wooded area in Kleinberg, Ont.

Police allege the 41-year-old was strangled and beaten to death at her home on either Nov. 30 or Dec. 1.

Shamji has been charged with first-degree murder and committing an indignity to human remains.

The charges have not been proven in court.

Shamji appeared briefly in a Toronto courtroom last week where a judge scheduled jury selection for April 10. A trial is expected to last for six weeks.

The family and friends of Fric-Shamji were in attendance that morning, wearing purple ribbons on their shirts as a symbol of domestic violence awareness.

The couple has three children together.

Shamji is due in court shortly after 9:30 a.m.

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Beyonce fans have been whipped into a frenzy after Netflix officials teased the release of a Coachella concert special.

A year after the Formation superstar made her debut at the annual music and arts festival in Indio, California, it appears she has inked a deal with streaming service bosses to premiere a concert film based on the epic performance, which centred around the theme of a college homecoming celebration.

Netflix executives hinted at the TV project in a simple post on social media on Sunday, when they uploaded the word “Homecoming” against a solid yellow gold background.

The only other information featured in the captionless image was the date “April 17,” alongside the Netflix logo, but devotees instantly recognized the title had been printed in the same Greek-style font Beyonce had used during her historic Coachella gig, when she rocked a hooded sweater in the same bright colour.

Specific details about the show have yet to be revealed, but it’s thought the special will feature footage from the 2018 performance.

Beyonce, who has become known for surprising fans with secret releases, has yet to comment on the Netflix teaser, but it gives credence to rumours suggesting she plans to debut her next visual album via the streaming service.

Her last album, 2016’s Lemonade, was accompanied by a TV special of the same name, which premiered on U.S. cable network HBO.

The Homecoming special will air almost exactly a year to the day of her Coachella takeover, which she was forced to delay in 2017 after falling pregnant with her twins Sir and Rumi, with husband Jay-Z.

Beyonce made history as she became the first black female to headline the festival, during which she reunited with her Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, and was joined onstage by her rap superstar spouse and singer sister Solange. She also honoured the legacy and traditions of black universities by incorporating over 150 musicians, dancers, a marching band, and choir, which reflected the themes of the learning institutions.

She also revamped the scholarship programme she had launched in 2017 by dubbing it the BeyGOOD Initiative’s Homecoming Scholars Award, through which she chose top students from a handful of historically black colleges to present with cheques to help cover their tuition fees.

This year’s Coachella bill will be headlined by Childish Gambino, Ariana Grande, and Tame Impala, and also feature sets by The 1975, Janelle Monae, Solange, Zedd, Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, and Pusha T during the double weekender, which takes place April 12-14, 19-21.

Kanye West was also added to the line-up on March 31, when it was revealed that he will stage a one-off version of his Sunday Service concerts on Easter Sunday.

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R Kelly

R Kelly

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — R&B singer R. Kelly made a paid appearance early Sunday at a club in Illinois’ capital city, but the fans who each shelled out $50 to $100 for tickets got only a 28-second performance, followed by a half-hour meet-and-greet.

Hours before his appearance at the Dirty South Lounge in Springfield, Kelly posted a video on Instagram asking the media to “take it easy” on him because “this is how I got to get paid now, for right now.”

Kelly, 52, was charged in February with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse that accused him of assaulting four women during a roughly 10-year period starting in the late 1990s. Three of the accusers were underage at the time. He has pleaded not guilty and denied any wrongdoing.

Since his arrest, the cash-strapped singer has struggled to get work in the U.S., Kelly’s lawyer Steve Greenberg wrote in a motion last month seeking permission for Kelly to perform in Dubai and meet with members of the sheikhdom’s royal family.

Kelly has been scrambling to pay child support, legal fees and everyday expenses because of the cancellation of Illinois concerts and a record contract, as well as the removal of his songs from streaming services, he wrote.

Kelly’s lawyers later put the motion on hold. Dubai’s government denied that Kelly had any concerts planned there and the claims that he would meet with members of the royal family.

About 100 people showed up for Kelly’s appearance at the Springfield club, which has a 450-person capacity, TV stations WICS and WRSP reported. There was a $100 entrance fee, which was lowered to $50 once Kelly arrived at 1:30 a.m.

Kelly thanked supporters, sang a line from one of his songs for 28 seconds and spent about 35 minutes taking selfies, dancing and conversing with fans. The club closed at 3 a.m.

Some fans said it wasn’t worth the $100 and that they wouldn’t pay again. Fans also defended showing up at the event, saying they separate the accusations from the artist, the stations reported.

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R Kelly

R Kelly

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — R&B singer R. Kelly made a paid appearance early Sunday at a club in Illinois’ capital city, but the fans who each shelled out $50 to $100 for tickets got only a 28-second performance, followed by a half-hour meet-and-greet.

Hours before his appearance at the Dirty South Lounge in Springfield, Kelly posted a video on Instagram asking the media to “take it easy” on him because “this is how I got to get paid now, for right now.”

Kelly, 52, was charged in February with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse that accused him of assaulting four women during a roughly 10-year period starting in the late 1990s. Three of the accusers were underage at the time. He has pleaded not guilty and denied any wrongdoing.

Since his arrest, the cash-strapped singer has struggled to get work in the U.S., Kelly’s lawyer Steve Greenberg wrote in a motion last month seeking permission for Kelly to perform in Dubai and meet with members of the sheikhdom’s royal family.

Kelly has been scrambling to pay child support, legal fees and everyday expenses because of the cancellation of Illinois concerts and a record contract, as well as the removal of his songs from streaming services, he wrote.

Kelly’s lawyers later put the motion on hold. Dubai’s government denied that Kelly had any concerts planned there and the claims that he would meet with members of the royal family.

About 100 people showed up for Kelly’s appearance at the Springfield club, which has a 450-person capacity, TV stations WICS and WRSP reported. There was a $100 entrance fee, which was lowered to $50 once Kelly arrived at 1:30 a.m.

Kelly thanked supporters, sang a line from one of his songs for 28 seconds and spent about 35 minutes taking selfies, dancing and conversing with fans. The club closed at 3 a.m.

Some fans said it wasn’t worth the $100 and that they wouldn’t pay again. Fans also defended showing up at the event, saying they separate the accusations from the artist, the stations reported.

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