Victim set on fire, throat slit 'ear to ear': Crown tells court

Murder victim Carina Petrache. (Facebook photo)

Murder victim Carina Petrache. (Facebook photo)

Sam Pazzano, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:38 PM ET

UPDATE: Justice Michael Dambrot lifted the publication ban Tuesday on identity of victim Carina Petrache, 23, a Ryerson University criminology student. The story has been modified to include her name.

TORONTO -- A killer slit a university student’s throat from ear to ear and set her on fire, a jury heard Monday.

In her opening to the jury, Crown attorney Jennifer Stanton said Farshad “Shawn” Badakhshan, who was dating the victim, trapped Carina Petrache, 23, in his basement bedroom at his Toronto home by lighting a fire on July 2, 2010.

Badakhshan, 30, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. He contends he’s not criminally responsible because he suffered from a mental disorder at the time.

Stanton said some of Petrache’s friends didn’t approve of her relationship with Badakhshan, describing him as “jealous and controlling.”


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