Enraged that she might be cheating on him, Adi Humaid chased his wife down and stabbed her to death on the afternoon of Oct. 14, 1999, then went for sweets and coffee with friends.
The Dubai engineer had travelled to Ottawa to kill his wife, Crown prosecutors would later charge, and he almost got away with it. But Ottawa police arrested him the same day at a rental car agency, just hours before his scheduled flight home to the United Arab Emirates.
Humaid admitted at the start of his six-week trial that he killed Aysar Abbas, 46, during a visit to Ottawa he said was to check on his eldest son, a student at the University of Ottawa. The killer presented himself as a loving Muslim husband who went into an altered state of mind when his wife hinted about an affair that would have dishonoured him.