A Toronto man who stabbed his wife and slashed her throat four years ago was found guilty of second-degree murder on Sunday.
Peer Khairi, 65, sobbed quietly with his head down when the verdict was read in court, days after the jury first began its deliberations last Thursday.
His wife, Randjida Khairi, died in March 2008. She was 53 years old.
Assistant Crown Attorney Robert Kenny said the jury heard four weeks of evidence during the trial, including three days of testimony from Khairi himself.
“We’re very happy with all the hard work that the jury went through and with the way the evidence came out,” he told reporters outside court on Sunday.
Kenny credited the investigative work that police did in bringing the case to court.
“They were the ones who actually got the accused to speak the night of the murder and actually got a lot of the details of what had happened…which is what allowed us to take circumstantial evidence and to be able to tell the jury our theory of what had happened,” he said.
“And I think by their verdict, they accepted that.”
Toronto police Det. Sgt. Michael Barsky, who attended the scene on the day of the killing, said he was pleased with the verdict.
“Obviously things went very, very badly in that household for this to happen in the first place and those frustrations must have come to a head on March 18, 2008,” Barsky told reporters.
“But I think Mr. Khairi was aware of what he was doing and why he was doing it and as a result we have this verdict today.”
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For those interested, video of the Peer Khairi police interrogation.
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