Toronto serial killer given life in prison for murdering eight

11 February, 2019, 11:28 | Author: Carlos George
  • Serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to life in prison

He opined in his decision that the "savage nature" of McArthur's crimes makes it exceedingly unlikely he'll ever walk free, no matter the date he becomes eligible.

In this July 5, 2018, file photo, members of the Toronto Police Service excavate the back of a property in Toronto during an investigation in relation to Bruce McArthur.

McArthur's victims were Andrew Kinsmen, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Souroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagartnam.

Some victims' remains were found in the planters of homes where McArthur did landscape contracting.

Justice John McMahon called McArthur on Friday a sexual predator who killed for his own "warped sick gratification" and said the victims suffered slow and painful deaths.

In cases of multiple counts of first-degree murder, judges can choose consecutive life sentences, which would increase the years of parole ineligibility for convicted murderers.

"Today hopefully brings a final end to the criminal justice process without a lengthy and graphic public trial". "The law is clear: a guilty plea is a mitigating factor".

The 6.6 years per each of Alexandre Bissonette's six victims praying in a Quebec mosque adding up to 40 years before he can apply for parole is equally unsatisfying.

It was not until McArthur killed Andrew Kinsman, a man well-known in the community, that police were able to hone in on a suspect.

"I don't know that I can properly describe the pain and suffering that I and my family have gone through over the years and I believe this suffering will continue to affect us forever".

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"I do not see him in a public setting again", he said. "In this case life will mean life".

McArthur is accused of preying on men who disappeared from Toronto's Gay Village between 2010 and 2017.

McArthur went on to murder Mahmudi in 2015, Kanagaratnam and Lisowick in 2016 and Esen and Kinsman in 2017.

"We had evidence for one - for one homicide - not for a multitude", Saunders said.

McArthur sexually assaulted and forcibly confined many of his victims before murdering them.

"The accused exploited his victims' vulnerabilities, whether they involved immigration concerns, mental health challenges, or people living a secretive double life".

The Rev. Deana Dudley of the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto said in court that McArthur's arrest would have a "deep and lasting" impact on the LGBTQ community, according to CTV.

Saunders echoed Idsinga's statement but said no length of sentence would be enough for some. "Although there can be no closure from a crime of this magnitude, we hope that these eight convictions for first degree murder will assist our community in beginning a new chapter of healing".

Police said that from August 2017, when McArthur was first named as person of interest, to the months after when he was put under surveillance, they worked to ensure he would not kill again.

Kanagaratnam came to Canada aboard the MV Sun Sea after fleeing Sri Lanka in 2010 and went into hiding in 2015 after his refugee claim was rejected, his loved ones said. Local LGBTQ organizations, including the The Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention, a wellness program in Toronto, hypothesized that anti-gay and racist bigotry prevented them from solving this case efficiently, noting that police investigations were only amped up after a white man was killed in 2017. Court heard he kept those images in folders on his computer labelled for each of his victims, accessing some of those photographs long after the killings. "McArthur also shaved and stored the facial hair from his victims, Cantlon said".

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