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R. v. Muhammad Manzour Parvez (father) argil Wagas Parvez (son)AGREED STATEMENT OP FACTS
The victim in this matter is Aqsa Parvez. She was 16 years old. when she wasmurdered in her family home located at 5363 Longhorn Tr., Mississauga. The cause ofdeath was neck compressions. She was the youngest of eight children born to theaccused, Muhammad Manzour Parvez and his wife Anwar Jan. Aqsa had 3 olderbrothers and 4 older sisters. The youngest of her older brothers is the accused WagasParvez.
Aqsa's father was 57 years old when he committed this offence. Her brother,Wagas Pan/ez, was 26 years old.
The whole family was born in Pakistan. In 1999 the accused, MuhammadManzour Parvez came to Canada with his eldest son Muharamed Shan when theyclaimed and were granted refugee status. Aqsa's mother, Anwar Jan immigrated toCanada with the remaining 7 children in 2001. Aqsa would have been 11 years old whenshe came to Canada.
On the day of the murder, all but two of the eight children lived at 5363 LonghornTr. in Mississauga.
Aqsa's older sisters and brothers were:
Muhammad ...-arvez. He was 31 years old at the time of the offence. Afterimmigratingng o Canada he m ed to Rzia Shan. They hadone childtime of the offence. The three of them were in the iarui1y home in their upstairsbedroom when the offence took place.Atishal Parvez . He was 27 years old at the time of the offence After hei igrated to Canada be m. 'ed A!-ht-ar. They had new-brrn at thetime of the offence and they were upstairs in their bedroom at the time of thisoffence.
0 The accused, Viraao, ar After he immigrated to Canada he was married toUzma Tabassum. They had no children. At the time of the offence, UnaTabassum was upstairs in their bedroom.Shasxna. Parvez . She was 21 years old at the time of the offence. She shared abedroom in the basement with her sister Trim and was home at the time theoffence took place.
!rim Parvez. She was 18 years old at the time of the offence. The basementbedroom she shared with her sister Shasuaa was a few feet away from Aqsa'sbedroom.
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Tahsen Parvez. She was approximately 28 ears old at the time of the offence.She was married at the time of the offence and lived elsewhere with her husband.Mahwash Parvez. She was approximately 30 years old at the time of theoffence and lived elsewhere with be b.ubarl.d.
All the women in the family dressed traditionally. None of the women in thefamily worked outside of the home. The women were financially dependant on the menin the family. The accused, Muhammad Manzour Parvez worked nights as a taxidriver. The eldest son, Muhammad Shan worked days as a taxi driver. The secondeldest son, Atishan worked full time as a mechanic and part-time in a restaurant . Theaccused, Wagas worked nights as a tow-truck driver. The marriages of all of thechildren were traditionally arranged. All the children married their cousins from. Palastan,who subsequently immigrated to Canada.
Sb.asma and him were not married at the time of the offence. Shasma wasengaged to someone who was relocating from Pakistan. Neither Silas:manor Trim workedor went school. They had both previously attended Applewood High School. Irimcompleted high school in June 2007, Shasma did not complete high school and stoppedattending Applewood some time in 2006. Since this offence took place, the accusedMuhammad Manzour Parvez approved Trim's arranged marriage to someone fromPakistan who has since immigrated to Canada. At the time of the offence Miss, was 111grade 11. at Applewood ugh School. Prior to her death Aqsa confided in her counsellorthat her parents had already chosen someone in pakistd for her to marry. Aqsa's eldestbrother confirmed that preliminary angements between his father the boy' s familyhad taken place.
BACKURO LEAD G UP TO THE OFFENCE:
Approximately one year prior to the murder, when Aqsa was d in 10Gradeshe she started confiding in her friends and school official's about some problems she wa,experiencing at home. She complained rfsolated incident of verbal ci physicalarkents at home between herself and her siblings. Aqsa also disclosed that she wasexperiencing conflict at home over cultural difference between riving in Canada and backhome. In particular, she told her Vice Principal that she no longer \iv ited to dresstraditionally like the other women in her f ily and she did not wish -Lc) wear a injab.Aqsa told her Vice Principal that she was afraid to tell her father that she no longerwanted to wear a hijab.
On November 9, 2006 Aqsa's Vice Principal organized a ret.ing between CAS,a counselor from India Rainbow Services, Aqsa and her father. At t)ais meeting Aqsadisclosed to her father she did not want to wear the hijab any longer. H declinedHer fatterto give her permission to do so. They also discussed the problems Aqsa was )laving athome with her eider siblings. Mr. Parlez assured the officials that he -would take care ofthe issues that Aqsa was having at home with her sisters and brotb_e-r- - lie told officialsthat "he was in control ofh is house, 1w made all the decisions and his children do as hesays_ " Privately, to an India Rainbow counselor, Aqsa explained th2t she felt her sister
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Irina, who was in her last year at Applewood at the time, was spying on, her at school andreporting back to her father. Aqsa completed Grade 10 without any further involvementbetween school officials and her father. Aqsa was referred to a school counseling groupcalled "Girl Power." She attended 8 sessions and was quiet and shy through out thesessions. Aqsa completed Grade 10 but did not pass 3 of her classes. Her schoolattendance also started to falter.
In September 2007 Aqsa commenced Grade 11 at Applewood High School. Theschool called Aqsa's home when they noted she was absent from schoolin the first fewdays. A meeting was scheduled between Aqsa, her father and school officials onSeptember 17, 2007. At that time Aqsa's father told the school officials that he intendedto take Aqsa out of Applewood High School and had plans to enroll her in an Islamicschool. Aqsa was asked by the Vice Principal what her wishes were Aqsa said shewanted to stay at Applewood and she did not want to wear her 'hijab any longer. Afterthe provisions of the Education Act were explained to Mr. Parvez, he agreed to continueto let Aqsa attend Applewood provided she passed her classes and did not skip school.Mr. Parvez did not give Aqsa permission to not wear her hijab.
After this meeting on September 17, 2007, Aqsa met privately with a schoolcounselor. She explained that she was afraid to return home after school given what hadtaken place. She explained to her counselor that prior to the meeting her dad hadinstructed her to tell the officials that she wished to leave Applewood. Aqsa told hercounselor that she was afraid her father would kill her because she did not say what shewas suppose to say. She also explained that she wanted to stay at Appiewood becauseshe had friends there and she didn't believe her father was going to register her in anIslamic school. Aqsa explained how she wanted to dress lice the other kids at school andhave the same freedoms. She explained that she ;AA no freedom at home and no privacy.She explained that she did not have a door on her bedrbom, her freedom to talk on thephone with friends was restricted, she was required to come straight home after schooland expected to spend her evenings and weekends at home as well. Aqsa's friendsconfi ed that Aqsa w t directly too and from school on a daily basis. On two occasionsin the fall of 2007 Aqsa was given p ission to have her fri ds visit her at home afterschool. Her friends observed that Aqsa did not have a door to her bedroom. Police laterdiscovered that Aqsa's bedroom was located in the basement of the f. ily residence, atthe foot of the stairs. Her bedroom had two doorways. The doorway leading into herbedroom at the foot of the stairs did not have door. The second doorway led to the rest ofthe basement and it had a door. The door which led to the rest of the basement is whereher parent's bedroom was located, as well as a washroom and a recreation room. In orderfor her parents to access their bedroom and the upstairs of the home, they had to walkthrough Aqsa's bedroom daily. One of the walls for Aqsa bedroom was also unfinishedand there was an opening through lArhich anyone could see into her bedroom. Every otherfamily member had a bedroom with a door. There were three other rooms in the homewith doors that were being used for storage,
After Aqsa expressed her fears about returning home on September 17, 2007 toher counselor, the school counselor made arrangements for Aqsa to stay at a shelter that
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evening. At the end of the school day Aqsa returned to her counselor's office andappeared afraid. Aqsa went to her counselor to report that her father and sister Trim. werewaiting for her outside the school. This was unusual as Aqsa normally took a school busto and from school. The counselor also observed Mr. Parvez and Irim waiting at the frontof the school. The counselor had Aqsa wait in her office and escorted her out the back ofthe school and into taxi that took her to a shelter, unbeknownst to her father and sister.
When Aqsa did not return home after school on September 17, 2007 Mr. Parvezreported Aqsa missing to the police. When he did so, he told police that earlier in the dayth