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The mother of six had her throat slashed by Peer Khairi, slit open to the spine and slowly suffocated in her own blood, Crown attorney Robert Kenny said in his opening to the jury.
"She was in the process of separating her finances and moving out of the family home," Kenny said. "There had been fights between the couple about how permissive she was in raising their children, how she allowed them to dress and socialize as they liked, rather than asserting more control over their behaviour so that they kept the culture and rules of their birthplace."
Khairi, now 65, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the March 18, 2008 slaying of Randjida, 53, his wife of more than 30 years, at their West Mall penthouse apartment.
But Peer Khairi will admit that he inflicted the fatal injuries, Kenny said. "What is at issue is how the death happened and what was going through the accused's mind when it happened.
"The Crown's position is that the evidence will show the accused intended to murder his wife," Kenny told the jury.
Khairi had sliced through her throat, neck muscles, her airway and voicebox, back to her spine as she lay flat on her back on a small cot, Kenny said. She couldn't scream or raise her head after the deep slashing.
She was also stabbed five times in the torso with a second, shorter sharp-pointed knife, but the scarcity of blood reveals these wounds were perpetrated after the throat cut, court heard.
The couple were alone in the apartment for hours before the fatal attack and an hour afterwards, the accused phoned 911 and stated his wife had been murdered.
Police found an immaculately tidy apartment -- with no signs of a struggle or conflict -- but the deceased lying in a pool of her own blood.
Khairi later blamed officers for not doing enough to try to save his wife.
"Khairi told homicide detectives that he couldn't take it any more," Kenny said.
Khairi said he "felt disrespected, how he claims to be wronged by his children, how his wife took the children's side and turned against him," Kenny said.
"He tried to explain or rationalize his actions."
Randjida spoke to "various people, some complete strangers about her plans to leave her husband and why she wanted to be separated from him."
Less than two weeks before her demise, Randjida approached a stranger named Nida Ali to seek help exiting her unhappy home, Kenny said.
She left in January 2008 but her spouse brought her back to the family home.
The trial resumes Tuesday.