Mohammed Shamji pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder of physician wife

Toronto neurosurgeon Mohammed Shamji has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of his physician wife, Dr. Elana Fric.

The world-renowned neurosurgeon has been in custody at a GTA detention centre since his arrest in December 2016. Jury selection in his case was scheduled to begin this week.

Shamji was charged with first-degree murder and committing an indignity to human remains in the death of his wife, a Scarborough-based family physician and mother of the couple’s three children.

Fric’s body was found in a suitcase near an underpass in Vaughan, Ont. She died from strangulation and blunt-force trauma. Shamji, her husband of 12 years, was arrested in a coffee shop the following day.

The headline-making case shook Ontario’s medical community and sparked dialogue about domestic violence.

Fric, a well-respected physician whose expertise was in medical policy, met Shamji during her medical school days at the University of Ottawa. He was there for a neurosurgery residency.

From a professional perspective, Shamji and Fric were a medical power couple. But according to family and colleagues, their marriage was in trouble at the time Fric went missing — and she had filed for divorce.

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