THE trial by jury of Toronto neurosurgeon Dr. Mohammed Shamji, who is charged with first-degree murder and committing an indignity to human remains in the death of his wife Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, a family doctor at Scarborough and Rouge Hospital, is now scheduled to begin April 1, 2019, and be heard by a jury.
Shamji is scheduled to return to court May 30, when procedural motions related to his case will be discussed.
Shamji worked at Toronto Western Hospital and was a faculty member at the University of Toronto.
On December 1, 2016, officers from Ontario’s York Regional Police received a call for found human remains in the Nashville Road and Highway 27 area. The deceased was identified as Fric Shamji, 40, of Toronto, a family physician. The next day her husband, then 40, who was associated with Toronto Western Hospital, was arrested by Toronto Police.
Police told reporters that they believed there was an altercation in the Shamjis’ home. Elana Shamji didn’t show up to work at Scarborough General Hospital and her husband did not report her missing.
Police said a post-mortem autopsy showed that Elana Fric Shamji had been strangled and suffered blunt force trauma of some kind.
They said that her husband didn’t disappear after the murder but was at home with his kids. The couple had three children together.
The Toronto Star reported at the time that Mohammed Shamji was charged with assault and two counts of uttering threats after a May 2005 incident. The couple was newly married at the time. Shamji signed a peace bond and the charges were withdrawn.
It was also reported that days before her death, Fric Shamji had filed for divorce.