Shafia son guilty of being ‘stupid,’ not murder

CBC News

The lawyer representing Hamed Shafia, one of three Montrealers accused of pushing four family members into the Rideau Canal and killing them, said his client is guilty of being “stupid” but not of murder.

Patrick McCann told the jury the account Shafia gave to a private investigator — that he followed the girls to the Kingston Mills locks, that they went in by accident and that he didn’t call 911 or tell anyone because he was afraid of his father’s reaction —was the truth.

“Hamed is guilty of being stupid — morally blameworthy — but other than that, he is not responsible for the girls’ deaths, nor were his parents,” McCann said. “It’s time to put an end to this Kafkaesque [episode] they’ve been going through for the past two and a half years, since the night of June 30.”

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