Life sentence for Canadian serial killer who targeted gay men

Canadian police went to arrest a man they suspected of murder. They found a man tied to his bed

Canadian police went to arrest a man they suspected of murder. They found a man tied to his bed

The sentence delivered by Justice John McMahon means McArthur will not be eligible to apply for parole until he is 91 years old.

McArthur pleaded guilty last week to eight counts of first-degree murder.

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 impose consecutive periods of parole ineligibility.

"The accused has saved the family, friends and community at large from enduring a graphic public trial that would have been a nightmare for everyone", McMahon said, according to CTV.

"First, their loved ones went missing... in numerous victim impact statements friends and families recount searching for months on end fruitlessly, holding on to hope their loved one was alive and well", he said.

"It's not enough for the families or for the lives lost", she told reporters. The Church-Wellesley community had long feared there was a serial killer in their midst and the police denied it.

A former mall Santa was sentenced on Friday in the murders of eight men in Toronto.

However, Helen Kennedy, the executive director of LGBT+ rights group Egale, said an independent judge-led investigation should be carried out into the police's handling of McArthur case specifically. A search of the suspect's hard drive for evidence revealed eight folders labeled with the names of different men.

Then he posed their bodies for photographs, with numerous images featuring the same fur coat.

McMahon acknowledged other indirect victims as well, like Karen Fraser, the homeowner of the property where McArthur had buried the remains of the eight men.

Saunders was also forced to defend himself against a comment he made in December 2017, in which he said there was no evidence to suggest a serial killer was preying on men in the Village.

McMahon also says he has no doubt McArthur would have continued to kill if he wasn't arrested by police a year ago.

Most of the victims were immigrants of South Asian or Middle Eastern descent, Cantlon told the court.

"Bruce McArthur is a sexual predator and killer who lured his victims and ended up killing them for his own warped and sick gratification", McMahon said.

Speaking Friday afternoon, Saunders said at the moment he spoke about there being no evidence to suggest a serial killer was in their midst, he was only aware of evidence that implicated McArthur in one homicide, that of Andrew Kinsman, his final victim. 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. A computer belonging to McArthur contained over 100 photos of Kinsman, including 18 taken after his death in which he is posed, naked, with a rope around his neck and a metal bar attached to the rope.

The court heard that McArthur strangled his victims, and that the murders were "sexual in nature".

Umme Farzook, who reported her husband Soroush Mahmudi missing, still calls him her "soul mate".

Partly due to the Toronto Police Department's alleged mishandling of the Bruce McArthur case, the city's Pride organization decided against allowing uniformed police from participating in this year's parade. "I knew he was gone, but still we looked." said Kinsman's sister, Patricia, in a victim impact statement.

"Our lives were shattered with the shocking news".

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