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Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks suggested to a forensic pathologist that during his testimony at a high-profile murder trial he may have mixed up the order in which stab wounds were inflicted, the National Post reports. Read National Post
Hicks’ client Peer Khairi is accused of killing his wife Randjida Khairi, who was stabbed repeatedly in her chest and back with the fatal wound being a gash to her neck. The Crown alleges Khairi killed his wife in 2008, angry at her permissive attitude toward their children’s increasing Westernization after they immigrated from Afghanistan.
While Dr. Allan Hunt told the court the deadly neck wound was likely inflicted first, during cross-examination, Hicks, partner with Hicks Adams LLP, suggested instead that torso wounds came in a “quick, intense” flurry before the fatal cut, the Post reports.
The order may become relevant in speaking to the accused’s state of mind at the time of the stabbing, the report says.
Hicks also suggested the injuries and bruises on the victim’s body were consistent with being attacked from the front and held down on the bed by her attacker, the Toronto Star reports. Read Toronto Star
“Let me suggest she was lying on her back and he tried to subdue her and keep her under control, and the injuries could have been caused by that,” Hicks says in the Star report.