|Convicted murderer Anees Chaudary, seen here before his first court appearance in 1982, is fighting his former partner for custody of the three children they conceived while they were both behind bars.
TORONTO - It's a boy-meet-girl tale with a bizarre twist.
Anees Chaudary shot and killed teenager Navneet "Lucky" Uppal in 1988, apparently to avenge a friend's stabbing.
As a result, in 1984 he was sent to the slammer for 25 years.
That very same year, Sarabjit Minhas also received a 25-year life sentence after being found guilty of strangling to death Rajesh Gupta, the eight-year-old nephew of her lover. She left his 85-pound body facedown and shoeless on a snow-covered dead-end street near a factory.
Her lover had run off to India to wed a Hindu woman in an arranged marriage. Sarabjit, who was already married and had a child, was left behind pregnant and also apparently bent on vengence.
Anees and Sarabjit then began serving their terms in Kingston, Ont.-area jails when, through prison friends, they met in 1989 and were granted permission to marry.
Sarabjit changed her name to Amina Chaudary.
Conjugal visits followed, as did three children -- two girls and a boy. Years passed.
Anees won a bid to reduce his sentence to second-degree murder and a 14-year jail term. He won parole in 1998 and worked as a limo driver, sending $200 a month to his wife's friend, who was raising the children.
Amina paid $75 a month out of her prison pay.
More time passed.
Amina accumulated two university degrees, had a nose job, became a licensed hairdresser and, by 2007, won full parole but went back on day (part-time) parole in 2009.
The story of the murderous couple and their jailhouse marriage and family attracted national headlines for years but has faded from public view. In the intervening years, the marriage failed and the couple went their separate ways.
Anees, now 49, wants custody of the three children he fathered with his child-killer wife.
Those children are approximately 16, 18 and 24, currently in care of the Children's Aid Society.
The Court of Appeal for Ontario rejected his bid to move from part-time to full-time parole, which would have allowed him to live at home and apply for custody of his children.
"He is quite disappointed with the decision," said Allan Manson, who represented Anees. "He wants to get his children and go on with his life."
Manson said they will try to take Anees's case to the Supreme Court of Canada.