CALGARY - The Calgary mother who killed her teenage daughter by strangling her with a scarf more than three years ago will not have to spend a day in jail, a judge ruled on Thursday.
But, in suspending the sentence of Aset Magomadova and placing her on probation for three years, Court of Queen's Bench Justice Sal LoVecchio said the penalty can still meet the ends of justice.
"At first blush (a suspended sentence) may sound like a get out of jail free card. It is not," emphasized the judge.
"The court has said the act in question does not merit a period of incarceration. What the court has done is reserved or to use the word of the statute, 'suspended' judgment on that point for a period of time on conditions. If the conditions are satisfied, then the individual will not be sentenced. If they are breached, the individual will be brought back to the court to be dealt with further."
Magomadova, 40, a refugee from the wartorn country of Chechnya, was originally charged with second-degree murder for killing her daughter Aminat, 14, on Feb. 26, 2007, at their Calgary home.
But LoVecchio deemed she did not intend to kill her, even though such an act required at least 2 1/2 minutes of continuous strangulation to cause death, and convicted her last October of the lesser included offence of manslaughter. READ MORE
Friday, July 16, 2010
Muslim Mother Receives Zero Jail-Time for Killing Daughter
This is a rather complicated case. I originally posted this thinking it was more clear-cut, but I did some background research and found that there is more to this story: possible PTSD, self-defense, etc. This is big news in Canada, though, and people are deliberating whether or not the judgment has anything to do with honor killings and Islamophobiaphobia. What do you think? I'm now leaning more towards not honor killing, but I'm interested in your thoughts.