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Canadian serial killer sentenced to life for murdering eight

Canadian serial killer sentenced to life for murdering eight”

A Canadian landscaper was jailed for life Friday for the murder and sexual mutilation of eight men from Toronto's gay community whose bodies he dismembered and hid in planters.

That waiting period would have left McArthur ineligible for parole until the age of 116, beyond his expected natural lifespan.

He had pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder for the brutal killings of eight men - some of them close friends.

"Many of the victims had ties to Toronto's LGBT village and had a social life within that community".

December 8, 2017 - Police Chief Mark Saunders says the force will review its practices in missing persons investigations. Hank Idsinga saidafter the sentencing hearing.

"(McArthur) also exploited others in the belief that he was their friend ... they placed their trust in him which he manipulated and used to his advantage.

The punishment handed against 67-year-old Bruce McArthur comes just days after prosecutors told a court that he dressed his deceased victims in fur coats and placed cigars in their mouths for a series of morbid, staged photographs.

"The ability to decapitate and dismember his victims and do it repeatedly is pure evil", McMahon said.

September 2017 - Project Prism officers identify McArthur "as someone to be included or excluded as being involved in the disappearance of Andrew Kinsman".

"If it was one of my loved ones (who was a victim) there wouldn't be any sentence that would make me happy", Saunders said.

Bruce Mc Arthur victims — clockwise from upper left Selim Esen Andrew Kinsman Majeed Kayhan Dean Lisowick Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam Abdulbasir Faizi Skandaraj Navaratnam Soroush Mahmudi

Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam's mother, brother and cousin, who came to Toronto from Sri Lanka, appeared outside the courthouse following the sentence; his mother wiping away tears.

But then he said "two factors unique to this case" prevented him from doing so. They will live with this nightmare for the rest of their lives. Top row (left to right) are Selim Esen, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick and Abdulbasir Faizi.

He noted that in Ontario, the closest case to McArthur's was that of Elizabeth Wettlaufer, the former registered nurse from Woodstock who murdered 14 patients with insulin injections.

Toronto police said they have no plans to release his mugshot. "Many met or corresponded with Mr McArthur through dating apps", said Cantlon.

Abdulbasir Faizi, 42, is reported missing to Peel Regional Police, west of Toronto.

An entry in Kinsman's calendar indicated who he had planned to meet that afternoon: "Bruce".

Outside the courthouse on Friday, Nicole Borthwick - a friend of Kinsman, Lisowick and Esen - expressed her disappointment with the sentence.

On the day McArthur was arrested, January 18, 2018, police surveilling McArthur saw a man, identified in the agreed statement of facts as "John", meet up with McArthur and enter his apartment.

"The killings only ended because of the accused's eventual apprehension", McMahon said in his decision, adding that he's sure the man would have become McArthur's ninth murder victim had police not intervened that day.

"I do not see Bruce McArthur seeing daylight", Saunders said. In 25 years, the convicted killer will be 92 years old. "That doesn't mean he's going to be free".



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