Mohammed Shamji, 43, and Elana Fric-Shamji, 40, were a highly regarded couple, and had certainly made their mark in their home town of Toronto.
Mohammed was a neurosurgeon at Toronto Western Hospital and a faculty member at the University of Toronto while his wife Elana working as family doctor at the Scarborough and Rouge Hospital in Toronto.
Both met at university while studying medicine and married, the couple had three children aged 11, eight and three. Mohammed controlled his wife’s social media accounts to make sure the outside world believed they were the perfect family.
Elana discovered her husband was being unfaithful and told her friends that the abuse she was suffering behind closed doors. She told a friend ‘If I ever go missing, or if something ever happens to me, you will know who did it,’.
Finally, Elana gained the confidence to tell Mohammed she wanted a divorce and started a brief affair with another doctor.
Elana filed for divorce, claiming their 12-year marriage had been marred with domestic violence. But then two days later, Mohammed reported Elana missing, saying she had taken a suitcase and gone.
Two days later, a member of the public discovered a suitcase in an underpass near the Humber River, which had the body of Elana. stuffed inside.
Mohammed was arrested and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Mohammed had broken his wife’s neck and ribs, and choked her to death as their three children slept. He then stuffed her body in a suitcase that still had her name tags on and drove 35 kilometres to dump her.
She been beaten so badly her family could barely recognise her when they identified her. Mohammed was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 14 years.