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Lawyer for accused quadruple murderer may seek bail

The lawyer for a Markham man accused of murdering four of his family members says she may seek bail for her client after going through discovery provided Thursday by the Crown.

Menhaz Zaman, 23 is charged with four counts of first-degree murder after allegedly killing four members of his family in a Markham home late last month.

The four victims have been identified as Firoza Begum, 70, Momtaz Begum, 50, Moniruz Zaman, 59 and Malesa Zaman, 21.

They are the accused’s grandmother, parents and sister.

Zaman showed no emotion when he appeared in Newmarket court by video link on Thursday, wearing a standard orange prison jumpsuit and handcuffed in the front.

At his last court appearance, he requested to be represented by a new lawyer and on Thursday his defence lawyer was Adele Monaco.

“I may seek bail,” Monaco said outside of court where she received full disclosure on Thursday.

“Given the volume of the disclosure I will ask for four weeks to review the material before the judicial pretrial,” she said in court.

Zaman, who dropped out of York University two years ago without telling his parents, was described as a loner who was addicted to violent video games.

He allegedly sent messages to online friends confessing to the murders of his family, and shared images of his alleged victims.

One of the online friends allegedly called police who arrested him at the door of him Markham home.

The last online message Zaman allegedly posted was that he had to go because the police had arrived.

Zaman will be back in Newmarket court by video link on Sept. 19.

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