Edmonton judge says man criminally responsible for murdering ex-girlfriend

EDMONTON — A judge has ruled an Edmonton man is criminally responsible for killing and mutilating his ex-girlfriend.

Court heard that Silva Koshwal stabbed Nadine Skow 101 times in her downtown apartment in 2015.

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Queen's Bench Justice Sterling Sanderman found Koshwal guilty earlier this week of second-degree murder, but the defence applied for a not criminally responsible designation due to his mental health.

During the trial a psychologist testified that Koshwal has significant mental problems because of a probable brain injury that rendered him incapable of appreciating the nature of his actions.

Court heard that Koshwal suffered trauma while growing up in Sudan.

A veteran Edmonton police detective has said that the crime scene was one of the most horrific he has ever experienced.

GRAPHIC WARNING: This story contains details that may disturb some readers.

An agreed statement of facts said Skow's body was found face down on the floor and some of her organs had been removed. Her heart had been pinned to the wall with a butcher knife.

The judge also found him guilty of offering an indignity to a body.

A second-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence.

Koshwal, 42, is a landed immigrant who has lived in Canada for roughly 20 years.

In 2010, he was convicted of sexual assault and put under a removal order by the Canadian Border Services Agency.

That order was later stayed by the Immigration and Refugee Board until January 2016, meaning Koshwal couldn’t be deported. (CTV Edmonton)

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