Slain woman had spinal cord severed

Tamrat Gebere has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Aster Kassa, 32 but not guilty to...

Tamrat Gebere has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Aster Kassa, 32 but not guilty to second-degree murder. He appeared in Ottawa court Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. Sketch by Laurie Foster-MacLeod. OTTAWA SUN/QMI AGENCY

MEGAN GILLIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:01 PM ET

OTTAWA - The 53 knife wounds to Aster Kassa’s body included stabs and slashes to her neck that cut a jugular vein, her windpipe and even her spinal cord in two, a court heard Monday.

Her ex-boyfriend, Tamrat Gebere is on trial for second-degree murder.

The 32-year-old single mother also had numerous “defensive” wounds to her hands and arms.


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