Mom accused of killing teen has cancer

CALGARY — A re-trial for a Calgary woman accused of second-degree murder in the death of her teenage daughter has been postponed.

CALGARY — A re-trial for a Calgary woman accused of second-degree murder in the death of her teenage daughter has been postponed.

Aset Magomadova was scheduled to stand trial later this month but that has been delayed while she undergoes treatment for cancer.

She was previously convicted of manslaughter but the Court of Appeal ruled the trial judge erred by failing to consider Magomadova’s intent.

She claimed she strangled 14-year-old Aminat in self-defence in February of 2007.

Magomadova testified that Aminat had attacked her with a chair and threatened her with a knife.

Court was told the family moved to Canada from war-torn Chechnya, where Magomadova’s husband was killed in a bomb blast, and that her only other child has terminal cancer.

Defence lawyer Alain Hepner said his client has advanced cervical cancer.

“She starts chemotherapy and radiation today for seven to eight weeks,” he said. “The physicians say it would be very difficult to sit through a six-week trial. That’s enormous pressure on anyone.”