Canadian serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to life in prison

Canadian serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to life in prison

Canadian serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to life in prison

McArthur has pleaded guilty to eight serial murders in Toronto, majority with sexual elements.

Justice John McMahon had the option of consecutive sentencing but chose one life sentence without eligibility for parole for 25-years.

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

The prosecution had asked for a minimum 50-year prison term.

McArthur murdered Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Kirushna Kanagaratnam, Dean Lisowick, Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman between September 2010 and June, 2017.

McArthur specifically targeted gay men in Toronto using gay dating apps.

McArthur had some sort of relationship - some of which were sexual - with each of his victims, Toronto Police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray said a year ago.

An independent review of how the case was handled by police is being carried out following criticism of how the case was handled and how McArthur got away with a seven-year killing spree.

As he read his decision over the course of an hour, McMahon described McArthur as a sexual predator motivated by "warped and sick gratification" to lure vulnerable men to their deaths under the pretense of consensual sex. "This court can not give them what they want the most - which is their loved one back".

This "horrific" case, one man said, has left the close-knit Toronto gay community gripped by "despair and fear".

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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.

Since then, police have investigated locations around Toronto where McArthur worked as a landscaper.

"It is my hope that he will never again know freedom and that this sentence begins the hard journey of delivering justice to the victims of these crimes, their friends and families, our LGBTQ community, and our entire city", Tory said.

Members of Toronto's gay community claim their concerns that a serial killer was targetting them were not treated seriously by police.

Andrew Kinsman, his final victim, had written "Bruce" in a calendar on the date of his disappearance.

He then posed their bodies for photographs, with numerous images featuring the same fur coat. On his computer, investigators found file folders for his eight victims containing photographs of each of them.

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.

Criminal experts say it is unusual for someone to become a serial killer later in life, but the prosecution said there is no evidence of earlier murders.

On Monday, prosecutor Michael Cantlon warned those in the courtroom that disturbing details of the crimes would be discussed, and those in attendance should "think carefully about your need to be here".

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. Police first identified him as a person of interest when they obtained video footage of Kinsman entering a red 2004 Dodge Caravan - which they later determined to be McArthur's - on June 26, 2017, the day he was last seen alive.

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