Estranged husband disguised himself in burka for 'honour' killing

Sam Pazzano, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

TORONTO -- A Muslim man wore a traditional woman's burka and female shoes before he strangled his estranged wife in the company of their toddler son.

Abdul Malik Rustam admitted he donned the headdress -- which disguised his face -- and wedge shoes when he killed his wife, Shaher Bano Shahdady, 21, after she asked for a divorce.

Rustam, 30, pleaded guilty on Valentine's Day to second-degree murder in the July 22, 2011, slaying. Hell be sentenced Thursday by Justice John McMahon.

Shahdady fought for her life, leaving scratch marks on Rustam`s face and neck, keeping his DNA underneath her fingernails, court heard. On the day of the murder, Rustam confessed to his brother he "finished her by the throat."

She had lived apart from her older, jealous husband for almost two years -- using a cellphone and the Internet and expanding her social network while raising their son.

When Rustam rejoined his wife and child in Canada in March 2011, tensions flared as he objected to her having a "cellphone and an online friendship with another man" in Dubai, Crown attorney Joseph Hanna said in an agreed statement of fact.

Within days, the acrimony rose to the point that Rustam was asked to leave the home and move in with his brother in Richmond Hill, Ont., Hanna said.

In May 2011, the victim's father returned to Canada and convinced Rustam to reunite with his wife in her parents' home. But his wife refused to surrender her cellphone and tensions flared again.


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