Canadian neurosurgeon admits killing wife, a physician

OTTAWA, Ontario — A well-known Toronto neurosurgeon has pleaded guilty to killing his physician wife, Elana Fric-Shamji.

Mohammed Shamji entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder at a Toronto courthouse on Monday, just days before his trial was due to begin.

Shamji faces an automatic life sentence for the killing with no chance of parole for at least 10 years.

A statement of facts read in court said Shamji killed his wife during an argument in 2016 after she had filed for divorce to end a 12-year marriage marked by domestic violence.

Shamji stuffed her body into a suitcase that was discovered by a passer-by the next day near the Humber River in the southern Ontario city of Vaughan.

Shamji has been in custody since his arrest on Dec. 2, 2016.

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