Here's the money quote from the trial of the Muslima who attacked her daughter with a meat cleaver for dishonoring the family: "Was it, as the Crown maintains, her anger at an unruly daughter who had stayed out until dawn and dishonoured her family? Or was it, as the defence argues, an episode of mental distress that caused Ms. Kaleki to lose control?"
Once again, the court seeks to determine if Islam is a mental illness. Oh, and BTW, the father's story is wildly inconsistent -- he of the "smashing cellphones."
‘I love her as much as I did before’: Father says his wife was in a ‘crazed state’ when she attacked their daughter with a meat cleaver National Post, January 25, 2013 (thanks to Karl)Dave Sidaway / Postmedia News Ebrahim Ebrahimi was cross-examined after testifying in defence of wife Johra Kaleki.
More than two years have passed since Ebrahim Ebrahimi’s wife attacked their eldest daughter with a meat cleaver, but still he struggles to understand what happened that morning in the basement of their suburban home.
He testified Wednesday that he went outside for two or three minutes to smoke a cigarette and returned to screams. “To this day, I don’t know what happened then,” he told Quebec Court, where his wife Johra Kaleki is on trial for attempted murder and aggravated assault.
At first when he saw his bloodied daughter, then 19-year-old Bahar Ebrahimi, he thought she had attempted suicide, but he soon ruled that out. “I know one thing, 100%,” he said through an interpreter. “My daughter didn’t want to kill herself. My wife attacked and wanted to kill her. This is the truth.”
What Judge Yves Paradis will have to decide is what made her want to kill her daughter on June 13, 2010. Was it, as the Crown maintains, her anger at an unruly daughter who had stayed out until dawn and dishonoured her Afghan family? Or was it, as the defence argues, an episode of mental distress that caused Ms. Kaleki to lose control.
It was Mr. Ebrahimi’s third day of cross-examination after he testified in his wife’s defence last October. He has said that his wife was distressed when Ms. Ebrahimi failed to come home on two straight nights, and she was suffering from migraine headaches.
When Ms. Ebrahimi arrived in a cab early Sunday morning, she and her parents went to the basement to discuss her behaviour. At one point, Mr. Ebrahimi said, he smashed his daughter’s cellphone because she had never called to inform her parents of her whereabouts.
He said he was close to tears and his wife ordered him to go upstairs. He figured mother and daughter could smooth things out. “They were very, very close friends,” he testified.
When he ran downstairs a few minutes later, he saw blood everywhere and his wife and daughter pulling at each other’s hair. He moved to separate them and told the teenager to escape upstairs
I love her as much as I did before. I respect her as much as before
Ms. Kaleki, he said, had gone into “a crazed state.” He heard her say to the girl, “Oh, you’re going to kill yourself? Let me help you.”
Ms. Ebrahimi was hospitalized after the attack with serious wounds to her head, shoulder and arm but has since recovered.
Mr. Ebrahimi testified this week that the incident has not lessened his love for his wife, who is free on bail. “I love her as much as I did before. I respect her as much as before,” he said.
Crown prosecutor Anne Gauvin has been picking at Mr. Ebrahimi’s account, trying to expose contradictions. For example, Mr. Ebrahimi has denied that his wife was angry, but text messages the night before the attack show Mr. Ebrahimi was worried how his wife would react when she learned their daughter had gone out without permission.
The court has heard that while Ms. Kaleki was at a family gathering June 12, Ms. Ebrahimi snuck out the back door without telling anyone. In one message sent to Ms. Ebrahimi, Mr. Ebrahimi offered to pick her up and said, “Mom can’t take it any more.” In a later message he proposed concocting a tale for Ms. Kaleki saying she had his permission to go out and that she would be home by 2 a.m.
Also at issue is how Ms. Kaleki ended up with the cleaver used in the attack. In a videotaped statement to police, Ms. Kaleki described going to the kitchen to get the cleaver and hiding it under her shirt when she returned to the basement.
But Mr. Ebrahimi has testified that the weapon was already in the basement because he had used it to cut chicken there two days earlier. He said he decided to do the butchering in the basement because the ground floor has high ceilings and it would have made too much noise — even though the only other person home at the time was his youngest daughter, who was in the basement.
After cutting up the four chickens, he said he took the meat upstairs in a bowl but wiped clean the cleaver and slipped it under a mattress in the basement. He said he wanted to hide it so his young daughter wouldn’t cut herself. Ms. Gauvin asked why he would not have taken the cleaver upstairs with the chicken, and he said the bowl was too full.
Mr. Ebrahimi testified that when his wife returned home after being freed on bail, she had no recollection what had happened to the cleaver. One day there was meat to be cut and she asked what he had done with it. “I told her the handle was broken and I threw it out,” he testified. “I knew she had no memory of the knife.”