A Dorval mother accused of stabbing her 19-year-old daughter told a Quebec Court Judge Friday that she remembers very little of the conversations she had with doctors and psychiatrists after she was arrested following the attack on June 13, 2010.
Johra Kaleki, 40, faces several charges including attempted murder of her daughter, Bahar Ebrahimi. The court is hearing a motion for exclusion of certain evidence from the trial, including statements Kaleki made to police and doctors on the day of the attack.
Kaleki’s lawyers contend that a video of statements Kaleki made to police after her arrest and other evidence should be excluded because Kaleki’s charter rights were violated. They contend she was not given an opportunity to contact counsel and her privacy rights as a patient were breached when police listened to conversations between Kaleki and doctors treating her for injuries she received that day.
The crown must show that Kaleki made the statements to police freely and voluntarily, and that she was mentally capable of understanding what she was saying.
Kaleki first testified on Thursday, telling Judge Yves Paradis that she did not remember anything of the attack or the four-hour interrogation with police following her arrest.
On Friday, during cross-examination by Prosecutor Anne Gauvin, Kaleki said she could not remember making any of the statements in reports produced by doctors who examined her after the incident.
Kaleki told the court she was very worried and developed a painful migraine when her daughter did not come home all night on Friday, June 11, 2010. Ebrahimi came home around noon the next day, but was again late coming home on the Saturday night.
Kaleki went to a party at a relative’s home with two of her younger daughters on the Saturday evening and when she came home, her daughter Bahar was once again out. Kaleki had been developing a migraine since the day before and it had left her weak, dizzy and in terrible pain, she told the court.
Kaleki was having trouble sleeping because she was worried about her daughter. She told the court she was feeling “tired, sick, headache(y), dizzy.”
At some point in the night, Kaleki said, she thought she heard her daughter’s voice calling her from different parts of the house. She said she went looking for her daughter, but she was not home. She said one of the last thing she remembers of that night is coming downstairs and seeing shadows of people outside her front door.
Asked whether she told doctors about the fact that she was hearing voices, Kaleki said she could not remember.
Kaleki also contradicted other statements she is alleged to have made to doctors, such as that she imposed a curfew on her daughters, forbade them from having boyfriends, drinking alcohol or using drugs.
Kaleki said she could not recall making those statements and implied she is actually fairly lenient with her daughters, explaining to them why certain behaviours may be harmful, but not forbidding anything.
She acknowledged that she did sometimes get mad at her children, but the worst she would do to punish them is not speak to them.
“Being at home with four children is not easy. If not this one, then the other one makes me mad … Being mad means (telling them): ‘Don’t do this’. It doesn’t go to the extent of getting really physical or really verbal. Sometimes I don’t talk to them,” she said.
The cross-examination of Kaleki continues on Wednesday, Oct. 3.