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Father of missing Mariam Makhniashvili pleads guilty

The father of Mariam Makhniashvili, the young woman who has been missing from her Toronto home for almost two years, has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault charges.

The father of Mariam Makhniashvili, the young woman who has been missing from her Toronto home for almost two years, has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault charges.

Vakhtang Makhniashvili, 51, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to three counts of aggravated assault in two separate incidents.

In one incident Makhniashvili stabbed a former neighbour.  In the other he attacked the man and woman who bailed him out of jail on the first charge.

The father of the missing teen appeared calm and quiet as he listened to the charges read out.  He then replied "Guilty" to all three charges. 

Mariam has not been seen since September 2009. She left her home for Forest Hill Collegiate Institute with her brother, George, the morning of Sept. 14. She was 17 years old when she went missing.

The siblings decided to enter the school through different doors, and Mariam has not been seen since. The only evidence police managed to turn up of the missing teen were her backpack and school books, which were found near Eglinton and Yonge.

Vakhtang Makhniashvili was first charged in May 2010 in connection with the stabbing of a 26-year-old man living across the hall from him at a midtown apartment building.

He was initially granted bail after the Langers acted as sureties for him, but he was re-arrested in June after they withdrew their names as sureties.

While out on bail he went to the Langer homes at 10 Greenwood Ave. in Toronto last May, where he stabbed David and Dolores (Rose) Langer.

The hearing will resume on Friday.

The defence is expected to ask Justice Rebecca Rutherford to sentence Makhniashvili to two years less a day.

The Crown says it will ask for a longer, penitentiary sentence.

 

 

 

 

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