GP’s wife murdered by concreter

Dr Khalid Qidwai spoke outside the NSW Supreme Court in Sydney on Monday after a jury convicted Tony Halloun of the murder of the doctor’s wife Shahnaz in June 2010 at their home in Henley, on the city’s lower North Shore.

“Our compassion goes to the convicted [man’s] family amid this extremely tragic situation. They are good people and it was a pleasure to look after them for 30 years as patients,” he said.

Dr Qidwai, who trained in India and Britain before immigrating to Australia, wept as the jury’s verdict was brought down and was in tears as he spoke to reporters of the sorrow of losing his wife of 45 years.

“It is said that behind every successful man is a great woman, and that’s what Shahnaz was. She was my strength and my success,” he said, flanked by his children outside the court.

The court heard Halloun, a concreter with business debts of close to $100,000, had been employed

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