Peer Khairi sentenced to life in wife's 2008 murder
Published Monday, December 3, 2012 1:18PM EST
Last Updated Monday, December 3, 2012 4:49PM EST
A Toronto man convicted in the 2008 murder of his wife has been sentenced to life in prison.
An Ontario Superior Court judge delivered Peer Khairi’s sentence in a University Avenue courtroom on Monday, describing the 65-year-old as manipulative, impulsive and unaware of his shortcomings.
In addition to the life sentence, Khairi is not eligible for parole for 15 years.
Last November, Khairi was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his wife Randjidain what the Crown had portrayed as a so-called honour killing.
Four years ago, Randjida was found in the couple’s west-end apartment with multiple stab wounds and a slit throat. It’s believed Randjida’s assailant left her on the floor to bleed to death.
In a 911 recording, allegedly taped one hour after Randjida’s death, an apparently distressed Khairi can be heard asking the emergency operator to send someone to the apartment.
The operator in the tape can be heard getting an interpreter for Khairi, an Afghan native.
When asked by the interpreter who killed Randjida, Khairi can be heard saying in Hindi: “I will tell you, when you come here.”
Present in court on Monday were four of Khairi’s six children, who broke down in tears when the judge handed down their father’s sentence. The Khairi children also submitted a joint letter, stating that they had hoped for a more lenient sentence -- possibly within the 10- to 11-year range.
With a report from CTV Toronto’s John Musselman
Accused Peer Khairi listens intently to a 911 recording in court presided over by Justice Clark at the 361 University Ave. courthouse in Toronto on October 9, 2012. (Sketch: Pam Davies)