SHAFIA FAMILY APPEAL OF MURDER CONVICTIONS DISMISSED
Nov 02, 2016
By Bob Komsic
Ontario’s top court has thrown out a request for a new trial for a Montreal couple and their son, who were convicted of first-degree murder in the ‘honour killings’ of four female family members in 2009.
(Sean Kilpatrick / Canadian Press)
The Ontario Court of Appeal decision states, ”charitably put, the evidence of guilt was overwhelming.”
Mohammad Shafia, his wife Tooba Yahya and their son Hamed were convicted in January 2012.
The bodies of Shafia and Yahya’s three teenage daughters and Shafia’s first wife were found in a car at the bottom of the Rideau Canal in Kingston.
Shafia, his wife and their son argued in their appeals that allowing evidence on so-called honour killings at their trial was prejudicial.
The son also argued he was too young to be tried as an adult.