Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

In quotes: Reaction to Bruce McArthur’s sentencing

In quotes: Reaction to Bruce McArthur’s sentencing

The offence of first-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the chance of parole for 25 years, but a law enacted in 2011 now allows judges to use their discretion to sentence multiple murderers to additional periods of parole ineligibility.

Bruce McArthur will be 91 years old when he is eligible for parole after a judge sentenced him Friday to eight counts of first-degree murder, to be served concurrently.

McMahon said Friday he had no doubt that McArthur would have killed again if he'd not been arrested past year.

All eight victims were gay and killed in Toronto's predominately gay neighborhood, known as "the Village".

McArthur, who admitted the killings last month, sat quietly in court, hunched over, hands folded in his lap, as a row of police detectives - who have described the investigation as Toronto's largest ever - watched from directly behind.

He said at the time he spoke, there was only evidence that connected McArthur to one homicide - Kinsman - and not any others.

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

The investigation led to the additional murder charges.

Several members of the gay community told reporters outside the courthouse they were disappointed McArthur did not receive a harsher penalty, while others accepted that he would likely die behind bars.

McArthur was charged for the murders of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick, Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Skandaraj (Skanda) Navaratnam, Kirushnakumar Kanagaratnam and Abdulbasir Faizi, whose names were read aloud by crown prosecutor Michael Cantlon.

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

Many in the LGBTQ community say it's a slap in the face, a failure to send a clear signal that their lives matter.

Rae, the former city councillor, said the resistance to believing there could be a serial killer reflected the city's need to believe it was safe.

McArthur pleaded guilty last week to murdering eight men from Toronto's gay village.

McMahon also noted the profound negative impact McArthur's crimes have left on the victims' friends and family.

Project Prism was then launched in August 2017 to investigate the disappearances of Esen and Kinsman and in September 2017, officers identified McArthur as "someone to be included or excluded as being involved in the disappearance of Kinsman".

He killed and dismembered the men between 2010 and 2017, and allegedly hid seven of the corpses in planters and the eighth in a ravine. This would become "a big piece of the evidence", Idsinga said.

An entry in Kinsman's calendar indicated who he had planned to meet that afternoon: "Bruce". Each folder contained photos of the men - some alive, some dead and some with their naked bodies posed in fur coats or with unlit cigars.

He kept clothing, personal items and hair of his victims, according to an agreed statement of facts.

The court document said police uncovered a duffle bag containing duct tape, a surgical glove, rope, zip ties, a bungee cord, and syringes - evidence pointing to some of the victims being tied up, confined and sexually assaulted prior to their deaths.

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