Trini mother found guilty of murdering disabled daughter in Canada

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 20:00

A Trinidad and Tobago woman who moved to Toronto with her daughter in 2010, has been found guilty of murdering the 16-year-old girl.

Loud sobs and wailing erupted from a Toronto court’s public gallery on Sunday morning as a judge told Cindy Ali she'll face the mandatory sentence — life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years — for the murder of her handicapped 16-year-old daughter Cynara.

Ali stood facing Justice Todd Ducharme as the jury returned a guilty verdict on one count of first-degree murder after one day of deliberation. 

“They got it wrong, trust me,” said Ali’s husband, Allan Ali, of the verdict outside the courtroom.

He said the family plans to appeal.

First responders found Cynara, who had cerebral palsy and could not walk or speak, lying without vital signs on a sofa on Feb. 19, 2011, after her mother called 911 claiming there had been a home invasion and that the teenager was not breathing.

The Crown argued Ali wove an elaborate web of lies about a home invasion and two masked men searching for a mysterious package in order to cover up that she used a pillow to suffocate Cynara.