NEUROSURGEON Mohammed Shamji of Toronto, who was charged with first-degree murder in death of his wife Elana Fric Shamji, was this week denied bail.
On December 1, 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 believe 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 Shamji signed a peace bond and the charges were withdrawn.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.
Mohammed Shamji’s trial is expected to begin in fall 2018.