Three members of a Montreal family have been imprisoned for life after a jury found them guilty of murdering four other family members in a crime the judge called “cold-blooded, shameful murders” based on a “twisted notion of honour.” Mohammad Shafia, 58, (inset) his second wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 42, and their son Hamed, 21, were each found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder after a jury deliberated for 15 hours. The verdicts came after a three-month-long trial that heard from 58 witnesses.
Jurors who will decide the fate of three members of a Montreal family accused of murdering four others have three options, they were told Friday (jan 27) by the judge presiding over the case. The 12 jurors can find each accused guilty of first- or second-degree murder or they can find them not guilty, Judge Robert Maranger of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice said, in his closing remarks to jurors. Maranger completed reading his 240-page address just after 4 p.m.
Three members of Montreal family decided four other troublesome family members had to be killed because they would not bow to a strict cultural code of modesty and obedience, jurors at the Shafia murder trial were told on Thursday (jan 26). Crown lawyer Laurie Lacelle outlined the prosecution theory of a complex conspiracy as she completed her closing address to jurors who will decide the fate of Mohammad Shafia, 58, his second wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 42, and their son Hamed, 21. The trio pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder.
Mohammad Shafia (inset), an Afghan immigrant who brought his 10-member family to Montreal in 2007, had no motive to kill four of them and he did not have time to murder them on the morning they were found dead, jurors at his murder trial were told Tuesday. “They all drowned accidentally,” lawyer Peter Kemp, who represents Shafia, said, in his two-hour closing address to jurors.
Ten days before four members of a Montreal family were found dead, someone typed “where to commit a murder” into a Google search, using a laptop computer accessible to everyone in the family’s Montreal home. Is it evidence of a diabolical plot or a clumsy mistake by a suicidal teenage boy seeking information on how to kill himself? The dozen jurors at the Shafia murder trial, underway at the Frontenac County courthouse in Kingston, have heard both these suggestions.
Jurors at the Shafia murder trial heard the case’s 58th and final witness Wednesday morning (January 18) and then were told by the judge that the fate of the three accused will be in their hands in a week. The last witness, the eighth called by the defence, was a social anthropologist who testified as an expert on Afghan culture and the Dari language. He was on the witness stand for roughly an hour.
The 21-year-old Montreal man accused, along with his mother and father, of murdering three of his sisters and his father’s first wife, will not testify at his murder trial, jurors learned Tuesday morning. Hamed Shafia (inset) will be the only one of the three accused not to take the stand in his defence. His mother, Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 42, spent five and a half days on the witness stand and his father, Mohammad Shafia, 58, also testified.
The murder trial of a Montreal mother, father and son accused of killing four family members erupted in chaos Monday when a family member shouted at Mohammad Shafia (inset) and ran to the rear of the glass-enclosed prisoner’s box in the courtroom. Before security staff could stop the girl, she pressed her lips against the glass. Shafia returned the kiss by putting his lips on the glass.