Neurosurgeon strangles and kills his family physician wife


mentalfloss
#1
I'm sure he was acutely aware of the pain he was causing.


Toronto neurosurgeon charged with the first-degree murder of his wife who died of strangulation

TORONTO — A Toronto hospital has released a statement after a neurosurgeon was charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, a family doctor.

Police say 40-year-old Elana Fric Shamji was reported missing Wednesday night, and her body was found by the side of a road in Vaughan, Ont., on Thursday afternoon.

She was involved with the Ontario Medical Association, and worked at the Scarborough and Rouge Hospital in Toronto’s east end.

The hospital released a statement Saturday morning, saying that they are shocked and saddened at Fric Shamji’s death, and are working to ensure her patients’ needs are met.

Fric Shamji’s husband, Mohamed Shamji, is a neurosurgeon at Toronto Western Hospital, and a faculty member at the University of Toronto.

Det. Sgt. Steve Ryan said in a press conference Friday night that Fric Shamji died of strangulation and blunt force trauma.

He says Shamji, 40, was arrested and charged Friday night at a coffee shop in Mississauga, Ont., just west of Toronto.

They had been married for 12 years and had three young children, Ryan said.

Shamji appeared in court Saturday morning, and media reports say he was remanded in custody until Dec. 20.

http://www.vancouversun.com/toronto+...789/story.html
 
coldstream
#2
.. 'honour' killing.. of some sort??
 
Durry
-1
#3
Muslims like killing!!

About the only thing they do is killing and fukking.
 
MHz
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. . . and . . .

Quote: Originally Posted by Durry View Post

Muslims like killing!!

About the only thing they do is killing and fukking.

Been awhile since you checked the scorecard isn't it?
 
Mowich
#5
Not a word so far about motive.
 
spaminator
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Neurosurgeon facing murder charge seeks bail
By Sam Pazzano, Toronto Sun
First posted: Thursday, August 24, 2017 06:52 PM EDT | Updated: Thursday, August 24, 2017 06:55 PM EDT
A renowned Toronto neurosurgeon accused of murdering his physician wife and dumping her body in Vaughan will be in court seeking bail on Friday.
Mohammed Shamji and his lawyers, Liam O’Connor and Lisa Pomerant, will resume their bid for bail in front of Superior Court Justice Michael Brown.
The body of Elana Fric-Shamji was found in a suitcase in the Humber River in Kleinburg on Dec. 1, 2016. Police said the family physician, who worked at Scarborough General Hospital, had been strangled and beaten.
Police alleged Fric-Shamji was killed at the couple’s home, located in the Bathurst St.-Sheppard Ave. area, sometime between the evening of Nov. 30 and the morning of Dec. 1.
Her husband, who once worked at Toronto Western Hospital and was a faculty member at the University of Toronto, was arrested at a Mississauga coffee shop with his lawyer Liam O’Connor on Dec. 2.
Shamji faces one count of first degree murder. Four sureties, including his parents — Dr. Farid Shamji, a prominent Ottawa surgeon and his mother, Dr. Ismed Mathoo Shamji, an Ottawa psychiatrist — have stepped forward to ensure Shamji will make all of his court appearances and complies with any bail conditions if bail is granted.
Mohammed Shamji and his wife had three children, ranging in age from three to 11, who are living in the matrimonial home in North York with their maternal grandparents. Mohammed Shamji has been in custody for eight months.
spazzano@postmedia.com
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spaminator
#7
Doc accused of killing wife awaiting bail decision
By Sam Pazzano, Toronto Sun
First posted: Friday, August 25, 2017 06:05 PM EDT | Updated: Friday, August 25, 2017 06:23 PM EDT
A prominent Toronto neurosurgeon accused of killing his physician wife and dumping her body in Vaughan will discover Wednesday whether he’ll be released on bail.
Justice Michael Brown announced Friday he’ll deliver his decision on Dr. Mohammed Shamji after considering evidence heard at the two-day Superior Court bail hearing.
A standard publication ban was imposed at the hearing.
The body of Elana Fric-Shamji was found in a family suitcase in the Humber River in Kleinburg on Dec. 1, 2016.
Police say the victim, a family physician who worked at Scarborough General Hospital, was beaten and strangled.
Investigators allege Fric-Shamji was murdered at the couple’s Verwood Ave. home, near Bathurst St.-Sheppard Ave. W., on the evening of Nov. 30 or the morning of Dec. 1.
Her husband, now 41, who once worked at Toronto Western Hospital and was a faculty member of University of Toronto, was arrested at a Mississauga coffee shop with his lawyer Liam O’Connor on Dec. 2.
Shamji faces one count of first-degree murder.
Four sureties — including his parents, Dr. Farid Shamji, a respected Ottawa surgeon, and his mother, Dr. Ismed Mathood Shamji, a retired Ottawa child psychiatrist — have offered to ensure he attends court and complies with all bail conditions if he is released.
The couple’s three children — Yasmin, 11, Faiza, 9, and Marius, 3 — are living in the North York matrimonial home with their maternal grandparents.
Mohammed Shamji has been in custody for almost nine months.
spazzano@postmedia.com
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Danbones
#8
sounds like SSRIs again
these days a lot of doctors are drinking their own koolaid
 
petros
#9
Neurosurgeon would be into GRIs.
 
spaminator
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Could Toronto neurosurgeon charged with doc wife's murder be granted bail?
By Michele Mandel, Toronto Sun
First posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 08:19 PM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 08:26 PM EDT
It’s hard to imagine that after nine months, the celebrated neurosurgeon charged with murdering his wife, Dr. Elana Fric, could be free on bail by Wednesday afternoon.
Held at Maplehurst since his arrest last Dec. 2, the day after Fric’s body was discovered stuffed in a suitcase discarded near the Humber River in Kleinburg, Mohammed Shamji will be brought to a downtown courtroom to learn whether he’ll continue to spend the next year in jail — or whether he’s successfully convinced Justice Michael Brown that he should be allowed back in the community while he awaits his first-degree murder trial. While it’s not expected to begin before the fall of 2018, his lawyers have indicated that he’ll plead not guilty.
Shamji’s two-day bail hearing held last week is covered by an automatic publication ban so we don’t know what arguments were made for his release or conditions they’ve proposed. What we do know is that granting bail on a first-degree murder charge is — and should be — rare. A judge must be satisfied that the accused poses no risk to the community and that his release would not undermine public confidence in the administration of justice.
But how could Shamji’s bail not offend public sensibilities?
It was a shocking case that reverberated through his hometown of Ottawa, hers of Windsor and their marital and career home in Toronto. They seemed to be a fairytale couple whose smiles and celebrated accomplishments lit up their social media accounts, but friends said Fric had announced that she was leaving her husband of 12 years shortly before she was found strangled and beaten.
Police alleged she was killed at the couple’s upscale North York home sometime between the evening of Nov. 30 and the morning of Dec. 1. None of the allegations by police have been proven in court.
After her murder, court documents obtained by Postmedia revealed Fric had first gone to Ottawa Police in 2005, alleging Shamji assaulted her and threatened to harm both her and their baby. His charges were eventually dropped after he agreed to enter into a 12-month peace bond that acknowledged that “Fric fears on reasonable grounds” that her husband “will cause personal injury to her.” Among the bond’s eight conditions were requirements that he continue psychiatric counselling and seek help from a group that deals with abusive partners.
For Fric’s family, even the possibility that her alleged killer could be released is outrageous.
Michelle Vrbanek attended one of the hearing days last week, a purple ribbon against domestic violence pinned to her lapel in honour of her murdered cousin.
“First-degree murder bail should not even be entertained,” she insists when reached over Facebook. “I’m praying he does not get bail, he does not deserve it.”
Fric would have turned 41 on Aug. 17. An associate professor of medicine at the University of Toronto and a family physician at Scarborough Hospital, she was loved by her colleagues and patients alike.
“She was a wonderful mother of three beautiful children, an amazing doctor and friend,” says Vrbanek. “She was a very kind and unselfish person. She gave so much to everyone and she will never be forgotten.”
A recent Toronto Life article about the murder made much about the differences in the couple’s two families: hers was mostly blue collar; his was upper middle class. Her parents Jo and Ana Fric — who now care for the pair’s three children — were auto workers from Windsor. Shamji’s father, Dr. Farid Shamji, is a prominent Ottawa surgeon and his mother, Dr. Ismed Mathood Shamji, a retired Ottawa child psychiatrist.
Now Vrbanek worries his status may set him free Wednesday. If Shamji does make bail, she believes the message is clear: “That rich people can buy themselves out of anything.”
But she’s hoping the judge will decide otherwise and keep the man accused of killing her beloved cousin where he belongs — behind bars.
Read Mandel Wednesday through Saturday.
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spaminator
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Neurosurgeon charged with murder of doc wife denied bail
By Sam Pazzano, Toronto Sun
First posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 08:13 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 08:15 PM EDT
A prominent Toronto neurosurgeon accused of killing his physician wife and dumping her body in Vaughan was denied his freedom on Wednesday.
Justice Michael Brown rejected Dr. Mohammed Shamji’s bid for bail but his reasons cannot be disclosed because of a publication ban.
After the decision, Shamji waved to his parents and family members as they exited the packed courtroom.
Shamji, 41, was charged with first-degree murder on Dec. 2, 2016, the day after his the body of his spouse, Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, was found in a family suitcase in the Humber River in Kleinberg.
Shamji’s lawyer Liam O’Connor said his client still receives support from the community, family, friends, patients and strangers to this day, some of whom attended the bail hearing.
O’Connor said only one side of the tragedy has been reported so far, but another side will soon be revealed.
“But I’ve never seen a story where there wasn’t a second side to the story. And that story will be told, I can assure you,” said O’Connor.
The couple’s three children are living with their maternal grandparents in Windsor, said Michael Lista, who wrote a comprehensive article on the case for Toronto Life’s June edition.
“The Fric family is devastated,” said Lista. “Elana was highly regarded by her peers.”
She was a family physician at Scarborough General Hospital and a delegate for the Ontario Medical Association.
She received a master’s degree in public policy at Duke University, which she attended on an extremely rare, academic scholarship, said Lista.
“She was the leading mind in her program. She was fiercely witty with a macabre sense of humour and a remarkable student who raised two children in a deeply-troubled marriage while she outperformed other students,” said Lista. “She was an amazing woman.”
spazzano@postmedia.com
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Right decision to deny accused wife killer bail
By Michele Mandel, Toronto Sun
First posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 07:37 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 07:53 PM EDT
It was the only decision that could be made. The only correct decision, that is.
Dr. Mohammed Shamji will remain behind bars while he awaits trial on charges he murdered his wife, Dr. Elana Fric, even if that means the celebrated neurosurgeon will be wearing inmate orange for at least the next year. Justice Michael Brown’s reasons for denying bail are covered by a publication ban, but he would certainly have taken into consideration the heinous nature of the allegations and the loss of public confidence in the administration of justice if Shamji had been granted bail.
What outrage that would have unleashed. What a horrible message that would have sent.
And despite the fears of Fric’s family that money may talk and the celebrated neurosurgeon would win his release because his family could post a hefty bond, the accused wife killer won’t be going home to his prominent parents in Ottawa or anywhere else on the outside.
“Thank the Lord,” said a very happy Michelle Vrbanek, Fric’s cousin, when told of Brown’s decision. “This is wonderful news.”
Vrbanek had wanted to be there — she’s attended several of Shamji’s court appearances — but she can’t always spare the time off work and the emotional toll it takes.
“Seeing him in person last week disgusted me,” she said.
His patients call him a miracle worker. She calls him a “monster.”
The accusations against him are certainly monstrous. Police sources at the time told Sun columnist Joe Warmington that after a loud argument, the Scarborough Hospital family physician was strangled and struck with a blunt force object while in the garage of the couple’s Verwood Ave. home before her lifeless body was stuffed in a suitcase and dumped beside the Humber River, near Nashville Rd. and Hwy. 27 in Kleinburg.
Sources told Warmington the suitcase belonged to the victim’s mother — the same one she used to bring her belongings to Canada from her native Croatia decades ago.
The gruesome discovery of Fric’s body was made Dec. 1, 2016, the day after her mom reported her missing. A harrowing description in a Toronto Life article described Fric being barefoot and clad in pyjamas, her hair hacked off and her face so swollen that her mother couldn’t recognize her. Police said she died of strangulation and blunt force trauma at the couple’s upscale North York home sometime between the evening of Nov. 30 and the morning of Dec. 1.
None of the allegations by police have been proven in court. Shamji is expected to plead not guilty when his trial is slated to begin in the fall of 2018.
Just a short time before her murder, Fric, a 40-year-old health care advocate, told her family and colleagues that she was finally filing for divorce and looking forward to a fresh start. Despite their glamourous image on social media — two successful physicians, travelling the world, running races and parenting three adorable children - their marriage had reportedly been rocky for a long time with at least one serious allegation of domestic violence. Court records show that in 2005, Shamji was charged with threatening and assaulting her.
In July 2005, he entered into a peace bond where he admitted his wife “fears on reasonable grounds” that he would “cause personal injury to her” and “did use inappropriate actions.” In return, the charges against him were dropped.
Shamji was fortunate that time. That luck has run out.
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MHz
#12
Any statements from their last patients and prospective ones?
 
spaminator
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Relatives give 'voice' to murdered doctor — Elana Fric-Shamji
By Sam Pazzano, Toronto Sun
First posted: Tuesday, September 05, 2017 07:07 PM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, September 05, 2017 07:12 PM EDT
More than a dozen relatives of murdered physician Elana Fric-Shamji packed a tiny courtroom Tuesday for the start of a preliminary hearing for Dr. Mohammed Shamji — the dead woman’s husband and accused killer.
“We’re here to give her voice,” said Fric-Shamji’s cousin, Eva Peressini, who was surrounded by other relatives outside the Finch Ave. W. courthouse.
“We came here to see that justice is served,” she added. “It’s a tragedy.”
Shamji, an accomplished neurosurgeon, is facing a first-degree murder charge for allegedly killing his 40-year-old wife, a popular Scarborough General Hospital family physician, between the evening of Nov. 30 and the morning of Dec. 1, 2016.
She was allegedly killed at the couple’s Verwood Ave. home before her corpse was stuffed in a suitcase and dumped beside the Humber River in Kleinburg.
None of the police allegations have been tested in court.
Proceedings at the preliminary hearing, which resumes Thursday, are covered by a publication ban.
Relatives spoke of how Fric-Shamji was dearly loved and missed by both friends and family, especially her heart-broken parents and her three young children.
“We love her and we miss her,” said another relative.
Shamji, 41, was denied bail at a downtown court last week.
According to a Toronto Life article published in June, Fric-Shamji revealed to her family and colleagues in late November 2016 that she was filing for divorce and looking forward to a fresh start.
The rosy images on Facebook, portraying a loving couple, were contradicted by tales of a tumultuous union.
Their marriage had reportedly been turbulent for a long time with at least one serious allegation of domestic violence. In July 2005, he entered into a peace bond where he admitted his wife “fears on reasonable grounds” that he would “cause personal injury to her” and “did use inappropriate actions.”
spazzano@postmedia.com
Relatives give 'voice' to murdered doctor
 
spaminator
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MANDEL: Toronto neurosurgeon accused of killing physician wife makes brief court appearance
Michele Mandel
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Published:
April 6, 2018
Updated:
April 6, 2018 1:48 PM EDT
Dr. Mohammed Shamji, 40, and Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, 40, are shown in this image from Fric-Shamji's facebook page.THE CANADIAN PRESS
Dr. Mohammed Shamji made his first appearance in Ontario Superior Court Friday morning and was remanded to April 18 to set a date for trial on first-degree murder charges in the death of his wife, Dr. Elana Fric.
Dressed in a well-cut grey suit and light blue shirt, Shamji entered the prisoner’s box in handcuffs and nervously looked around the cavernous downtown courtroom. Unlike his numerous appearances at a North York courthouse since his arrest in Dec. 2016, none of Fric’s relatives attended the brief appearance.
A trial is expected to begin in early 2019.
Elana Fric Shamji is pictured in this undated handout photo.
Fric, 40, was a beloved family physician at Scarborough Hospital and a key member of the Ontario Medical Association’s policy committee. Police said the mother of three died of strangulation and blunt force trauma at the couple’s upscale North York home sometime between the evening of Nov. 30 and the morning of Dec. 1, 2016.
Her body was discovered stuffed in a suitcase beside the Humber River in Kleinburg, the day after her mother reported her missing. Family and friends said Fric had been planning to divorce Shamji after a turbulent marriage.
A house belonging to Mohammed and Elana Shamji in Toronto on Friday Dec. 2, 2016. (Joe Warmington/Toronto Sun)
Last month, an Ontario Court judge ruled there was enough evidence to order Shamji to stand trial on charges he killed his wife of 12 years and “committed an indignity” to her body.
The couple’s children now live with their maternal grandparents in Windsor.
mmandel@postmedia.com
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