TORONTO - “My wife has been murdered,” Peer Khairi told an emergency operator after Randjida Khairi’s throat was slashed on March 18, 2008.
The 911 tape was played Tuesday at the second-degree murder trial of Khairi, 65, who has pleaded not guilty to the vicious slaying of his 53-year-old wife of more than 30 years.
Speaking to a Hindi interpreter during the call, he urged authourities to come to his penthouse apartment on the West Mall, so he could tell them “everything” that happened.
He added: “Come quickly so that I do not have to commit a murder.”
When the interpreter inquires who murdered his wife, Khairi responded: “I will tell you when you come here, ... No one can run away. Here I am in this house. Now I will tell everyone everything.”
The prosecution alleges the woman, who wanted to leave her unhappy marriage, and was letting their six children live as Westerners, was murdered by Khairi.
He slit the throat of the mother of six so deeply the wound went to her spine, court heard last week.
“She was in the process of separating her finances and moving out of the family home,” said Crown attorney Robert Kenny.
The couple fought about how permissive she was in raising their children, how she allowed them to socialize as they liked rather than living as traditional Muslims, Kenny said.
Peer Khairi will admit that he inflicted the fatal injuries and was alone at home with the victim for hours, Kenny said, but “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,” he told the jury.
The trial resumes Wednesday.