A timeline of the events relating to the deaths of four members of the Shafia family.
Created by PostmediaNews on Jan 26, 2012
Last updated: 01/31/12 at 02:02 PM
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Mohammad Shafia, 58, his second wife, Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 42, and their son Hamed, 21, were each found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder Sunday after a jury deliberated for 15 hours.
Lawyers being closing arguments in the Shafia murder trial. The judge wrapped up instructions to the jury Jan. 27.
Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 42, begins what will be 5 1/2 days of testimony in her first-degree murder trial for the deaths of her three daughters and her husband's first wife. She blamed her various differing accounts of the deaths of her family members on police pressure.
Mohammad Shafia takes the stand for two days in his trial for the murder of his three daughters as his first wife. During testimony, he denied wrongdoing and claimed the victims' actions brought about their rightful deaths.
Mohammad Shafia, 58, was rushed to hospital November 2. He was released two days later. Lawyers did not disclose the nature of his medical emergency but he was apparently treated in a wing known for heart-related care.
Jurors in the Shafia murder trial are bused to the crime scene at Kingston Mills locks.
Tapes police secretly recorded of the Shafia accused are played in court. On the Kingston Police wiretaps that are exhibits at trial, Shafia was heard luridly cursing his dead daughters as whores and famously said, "May the devil shit on their graves!"
The trial at the Frontenac County Courthouse in Kingston begins for Mohammad Shafia, his wfie Tooba and his son Hamed, charged with first degree murder of sisters Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, as well as that of Rona Amir Mohammad, 52. Their bodies were found in Kingston Mills on June 30, 2009.
Prosecutors allege that the victims died in an honour killing, plotted by Mohammad Shafia because he believed his daughters had shamed him by consorting with boys, dressing provocatively and disobeying him. Victim Rona Amir Mohammad, who was infertile, had asked for a divorce. The prosecution claims the deaths were staged to look like an accident.
Mohammad Shafia, his wife Tooba and his son Hamed are arrested. They are charged with first-degree murder of sisters Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, as well as that of Rona Amir Mohammad, 52.
The Shafia family buries the dead at an Islamic cemetery in Laval.
Mohammad Shafia and Tooba Mohammad Yhaya walk into Kingston police headquarters to report their daughters and the Nissan missing. Police say they are accompanied by their son, Hamid, who has returned from Montreal and acts as a translator for his father.
Shafia sisters, Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, were found dead inside the family's car, which was discovered 9:30 a.m. that morning submerged at the bottom of a shallow canal near Kingston, in eastern Ontario. Rona Amir Mohammad, 52, also was in the vehicle. Mohammad Shafia, wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya and their adult son Hamed Mohammad Shafia are on trial for first-degree murder. The accused have given differing accounts of the events that ended in the deaths of the women.
Zainab Shafia gets married to Ammar Wahid. The marriage is annulled one day later. "The only reason that I'm marrying is to get the revenge (for) the cruelty I suffer (from) my father," uncle Latif Hyderi testified during the trial, repeating what he said Zainab told him.
Geeti and Sahar Shafia tell Montreal police officers that they had been slapped and punched by their father and brother and had faced death threats.
Sahar confided in teachers at her school in 2008 that she was being physically and emotionally abused by family members. The complaints prompted a call to a youth protection agency.
The Shafia family comes to Canada, settling in Montreal.