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Honour crime: Johra Kaleki, left, an Afghan-born Canadian mother, confessed to stabbing her daughter Bahar Ebrahimi in the neck in 2010; they are both pictured heading to court last week
A mother in Montreal confessed to repeatedly stabbing her teenaged daughter in the head and neck and said she did not regret what she did.
Johra Kaleki, who lives in the Dorval neighbourhood of the city, told police after the alleged crime that her daughter, then 19-year-old Bahar Ebrahimi, was rebellious and had stayed out all night.
She is accused of attacking Ms Ebrahimi in their home in June 2010. Her daughter survived, but suffered serious knife cuts to her face, neck, shoulder, and arms.
Scene of the crime: Ms Ebrahimi was stabbed in the basement of their Dorval, Montreal home in June of 2010
The trial, which is taking place in Montreal, began earlier this week. Police officers testified that when they responded to the scene at the family’s two-story suburban home, Kaleki was screaming, ‘I want to kill her! I want to kill her!’
She added: ‘She’s my daughter, I can do whatever I want,’ police said.
According to the National Post, Ms Ebrahimi stayed out late two nights in a row against her parents’ wishes.
Her father, Ebrahim Ebrahimi, had been downstairs in the basement, attempting to talk to her.
Ms Keleki, 40, told the police that she then went upstairs to fetch a kitchen knife, then telling her husband that she needed time alone with Bahar and not to interrupt them.
The Post reported that Kaleki, who was born in Afghanistan, then asked her daughter to lay face-down so she could give her a back massage. When Ms Ebrahimi was lying on her stomach, her mother allegedly began stabbing her neck.
She told investigators during her confession that her eldest child pleaded with her to stop, but she said, ‘It’s for your good. Let me finish.’
Rebel without a cause: Ebrahimi, who was 19 at the time of the stabbing, had stayed out late against her parents' wishes
Hearing screams from the basement, Kaleki’s husband rushed down. Ms Ebrahimi managed to run upstairs and barricade herself in a bedroom. She then called 911.
According to Gobal Montreal, Kaleki’s defence lawyer Isabel Schurman said that her client was ‘mentally distraught’ when she confessed to the crime.
She is requesting a voir-dire so that the statements Kaleki made to police would be rendered inadmissible.
However, those in the courtroom heard that Kaleki had indeed been informed of her Miranda rights.
Furthermore, the blood on Kaleki’s clothing counted as evidence to her crime, according to the Monteral Gazette. Police consider the alleged attempted murder to be an ‘honour-crime.’
Devotion: Husband Ebrahim Ebrahimi walked hand-in-hand with his wife in court
The full four-hour police interrogation video, shot hours after the alleged stabbing, was shown to the court during the trial.
Near the end of it, she can be heard saying that her daughter would live with her neck wound for the rest of her life. She said that the experience ‘will make her strong and give her wisdom… it means she will give up her ways of living.’
Kaleki posted bail and has been granted permission to see her three other daughters, but only under supervision.
The trial will continue next Thursday.