Man in custody without charge after teen slain
Carlos Osorio/torstar news service
The father of slain schoolgirl Aqsa Parvez showed no emotion as he was ordered remanded in custody during a brief appearance in Brampton court yesterday.
Looking haggard, grey-haired Muhammad Parvez, 57, stood silently in an orange jail jumpsuit as Justice of the Peace Darlene Florence ordered him to appear again, by video link, on Jan. 29.
Waqas Parvez, 26, who faces a charge of obstructing police in their investigation, is to appear in court for a bail hearing tomorrow.
Although the elder Parvez was not formally charged at the hearing, his lawyer, Joseph Ciraco, said he expects his client to be charged with second-degree murder. Ciraco said if his client seeks release on bail, it won’t be until the new year.
The lawyer said outside court that Parvez would be seen by a doctor in jail for pre-existing medical issues, including a heart aliment.
He was arrested Monday after his 16-year-old daughter was found strangled in the family’s Mississauga home about 8 a.m.
Paramedics revived her, but she died that night in hospital.
Aqsa’s death gained international attention after her friends said she had quarrelled with her father over her desire to shun the hijab, a traditional Muslim scarf that covers the head and shoulders, and wear body-hugging fashions popular with many teens. She had moved out of the family home.