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March 25, 2019

Killer boyfriend turned transgender woman gets parole, plans to live in halfway house

March 14, 2019
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A Quebec man who killed and later dismembered his girlfriend in 1999 has transitioned gender, won parole and plans to live out his life as a transgender woman at a halfway house.

Khaled Farhan was in his 20s when convicted in 2000 of murdering his girlfriend, 24-year-old Karina Janveau, in their apartment in Gatineau, Quebec. Now 46, Farhan has served nearly 20 years for the second-degree murder. He has transitioned and is now a woman legally named Zahra Farhan, the Ottawa Citizen reported.

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Farhan is visually impaired and plans to get a seeing eye dog, then work with the blind and transgender community, the Citizen said, citing parole documents.

Janveau had already had a hard life when she met Farhan, the Citizen reported, and the two were together less than a year when Farhan attacked and killed her. When the smell of her decaying body alerted neighbors, the newspaper said, Farhan cut her up and hid the parts in a dumpster and a duffel.

He then went on television with a public plea for help locating his “missing” partner. He fabricated a story about a drug dealer and a camping trip. Farhan’s story quickly unraveled, though, and he was arrested and tried.

The parole board said Farhan poses a “low to low end of moderate risk for both general and violence recidivism,” reported the Citizen.

Farhan will be subject to certain conditions as part of her parole agreement. She must live at a halfway house, cannot use drugs or alcohol, and must report any relationships she enters.

Women continue to suffer from male violence. Up to half of all women in Canada over age 16 have experienced one or more instances of physical or sexual violence, according to the Canadian Women’s Foundation. A report issued in January found that a woman or girl was killed every two and a half days, on average, in Canada during 2018, the Canadian Press reported.

Janveau is one of two dozen victims memorialized in a monument in an Ottawa park honoring women who were murdered by men, according to the Ottawa Citizen.

The monument, consisting of small stones carved with the women’s names, is also carved with the plea that people “envision a world without violence where women are respected and free.”

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