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CanadaKiller of Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, himself a former surgeon, to be sentenced Thursday morning

17:16  09 may  2019
17:16  09 may  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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2:57 Family, friends of Dr . Elana Fric told judge how her murder has destroyed their lives. WATCH ABOVE: As Catherine McDonald reports, the crown and defence are jointly asking that her husband Dr . Mohammed Shamji be sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 14 years.

(From left) Mohammed Shamji , Dr . Allyson Koffman and Dr . Elana Fric . SUPPLIED PHOTO. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean he’ll never operate again. Shamji , 44 , pleaded guilty last year to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 14 years.

Killer of Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, himself a former surgeon, to be sentenced Thursday morning© Provided by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited Dr. Mohammed Shamji, right, has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the killing of prominent Toronto doctor Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, his wife and the mother of their three children. Killer of Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, himself a former surgeon, to be sentenced Thursday morning© Provided by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited Mohammed Shamji watches from the prisoner's box during his sentencing hearing Wednesday as Ana Fric, the mother of Elana Fric-Shamji, reads her victim impact statement.

A Toronto judge is expected to sentence former neurosurgeon Mohammed Shamji for the second-degree murder of his wife Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji on Thursday morning.

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Dr . Elana Fric - Shamji was a family doctor in Scarborough and a mother of three when she was killed. She and Shamji met while attending medical school in Crown prosecutors and Shamji's defence lawyers put forward a joint sentencing submission on Wednesday calling for Shamji to be eligible for

The husband of slain Toronto physician Elana Fric - Shamji was sentenced Thursday to life in The next morning , her mother was gone. A second-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory life In the months leading up to her murder, Dr . Fric - Shamji had twice been persuaded by her husband to

Shamji, 43, faces an automatic life sentence. The Crown and defence have jointly proposed he should serve 14 years before he can first apply for parole — a sentence they say reflects that Shamji pleaded guilty before his trial, sparing his 14-year-old daughter the trauma of testifying about her mother’s murder and his wife’s family the pain of a public trial.

During the sentencing hearing Wednesday, family and friends of Fric-Shamji shared the terrible impact of the loss of the mother of three young children and exceptional family doctor, described by one friend as a possible future minister of health.

“Elana was the child every parent could hope for,” her mother Ana Fric said in an emotional statement. “(Shamji) has destroyed all of our lives forever.”

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Elana Fric Shamji ’s tweet from 24 Feb 2016: #PinkShirtDay stand up against #bullying and stand up for #kindness. There has yet to be a #MeToo equivalent for the largely private crime of family violence. That leaves it to others, including media, to train a spotlight on the reality.

A Toronto neurosurgeon who brutally murdered his wife and stuffed her body in a suitcase in an effort to hide his crime is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday . WATCH ABOVE: “She was beaten so badly that I did not recognize her” said Ana Fric, the mother of Dr . Elana Fric Shamji , in an emotional

Shamji pleaded guilty last month, admitting to fatally strangling his wife in their family home two days after she filed for divorce. In the days after he continued his normal routines, lying about his wife’s whereabouts and planting evidence to frame the man she had been having an affair with.

Killer of Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, himself a former surgeon, to be sentenced Thursday morning© Provided by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited Dr. Mohammed Shamji, right, has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the killing of prominent Toronto doctor Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, his wife and the mother of their three children.

Crown prosecutor Elizabeth Stokes on Wednesday said the sentence must denounce domestic homicide in the strongest terms and the impact of the murder has been devastating on a wide scale.

However, she said, Shamji’s guilty plea was a “significant mitigating factor.”

At the end of his sentencing hearing, Shamji stood in the prisoner’s box and spoke in court for the first time about what he’d done.

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Dr . Mohammed Shamji told a packed courtroom Wednesday that he should have killed himself , instead of his loving wife, Dr . Elana Fric , at his emotional sentencing hearing. The murderer’s apology sparked Fric ’s older distraught sister, Caroline Lekic, to loudly agree.

Elana Fric Shamji , a prominent Toronto doctor who was allegedly killed by her neurosurgeon husband “She mentioned to me that ( Fric - Shamji ’s husband) had taken the children to school that morning This friend of Dr Elana Fric - Shamji was involved in the search before she was found dead.

“Somehow I turned my back on my oath and calling and took a life, Elana’s life. It makes no sense to me. I don’t know how I could cause such pain and anguish,” he said. “I should have killed myself and not Elana.”

Myrna Dawson, a professor at the University of Guelph and leading researcher on domestic homicides, said the proposed 14-year parole ineligibility period is in line with the average in cases where women have been murdered by intimate partners in the past several decades in Ontario. And while sentences have increased in recent years, her research shows there remains an “intimacy discount” when the sentences are compared to non-intimate murders, she said.

“We have to ask ourselves what the sentence would have been if it had been a stranger who had beaten and choked a woman and stuffed her into a suitcase and disposed of her like garbage. Would he have gotten a plea? Would his sentence have been this low?”

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Alyshah Hasham is a Toronto-based reporter covering crime and court. Follow her on Twitter: @alysanmati

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