Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sentencing hearing to begin for serial killer Bruce McArthur

Sentencing hearing to begin for serial killer Bruce McArthur

First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years, but when there are several convictions, the court can decide to impose consecutive parole ineligibility periods.

"There is evidence that Mr McArthur sought out and exploited these vulnerabilities to continue his crimes undetected".

Investigators found hundreds of photos, primarily from social media, of each of the victims on his computer and digital devices, including staged photos taken by McArthur after their deaths.

Most of his victims were of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent, lived on the margins of Canadian society and had ties to Toronto's LGBT village.

Kinsman, who is now known to be McArthur's eighth and final victim, was spotted on video getting into McArthur's van just after 3 p.m. on June 26, 2017, an afternoon on which, police later learned by reading Kinsman's calendar, he had scheduled an engagement with "Bruce".

They later charged McArthur for the murders of Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kanagaratnam. "For us now to hear of such a disgusting death, we who live in this world as refugees feel like there is no safety for us anywhere in the world".

Senior Resettlement Officer Michael Casasola said many of those identifying as LGBTQ are fleeing high levels of persecution and harassment, adding the organization frequently "prioritizes" such cases for resettlement in a country that offers stronger protections.

His landscaping business was small, but he periodically hired workers, including a 40-year-old man who disappeared in 2010.

The review was sparked when the detective leading the probe said he came across some "concerning" information while reviewing two previous investigations into five missing men. The judge said he expects to hand down a sentence this week.

Many wept in court Monday as prosecutors provided previously unheard details of the killings, which took place between 2010 and 2017.

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Vijayanathan said many men yield to family pressure to marry women in order to mitigate the cultural stigma they face.

Cantlon said police observing McArthur saw him bring John up to his apartment and chose to move quickly given the "exigent circumstances". Most of these homicides "were facilitated under the pretense of sex" and the victims were often killed in McArthur's Thorncliffe Park Dr. apartment bedroom.

The prosecutor said McArthur shaved victims after he killed them and kept some hair. He was ultimately not charged.

Court heard the man managed to escape, but was unable to swallow properly for a week.

McArthur also was convicted of assault in 2003 after he hit a man on the head with a metal bar, but in 2013 he obtained a record suspension from the Parole Board of Canada. But he called the Crown's request for 50 years of parole ineligibility "unduly harsh", citing McArthur's age and the fact McArthur, by pleading guilty, helped ensure the case reached a speedier resolution than if it went to trial.

Outside the tribunal, the lawyer told reporters that he was confident the evidence will show that the work done by Gauthier contributed to the identification of McArthur as a serial killer, rather than detracted from it.

Court will also hear a more fulsome agreed statement of facts about the murders once the victim impact statements are heard.

Among her emotions is the vengefulness she feels toward McArthur, who sat motionless for the second straight day as the impact statements were read aloud in sequence.

"He created a macabre cemetery of his victims", Harper said.

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