Serial killer in Toronto staged photos of victims, says prosecutor

Serial killer in Toronto staged photos of victims, says prosecutor

Serial killer in Toronto staged photos of victims, says prosecutor

The prosecutor in the case of a serial killer who preyed on men in Toronto's gay village says Bruce McArthur strangled many of his victims with a rope and pipe and took photographs of their bodies after their deaths. Numerous victims, for instance, had to hide their sexuality from family members or contend with unstable housing situations, he said. That same bed, court heard, was where several of McArthur's other victims were killed. He was supposed to fly home in September, 2015, after he lost his refugee bid in April 2015.

He said police moved in when they realised McArthur had someone in his home.

Deciding whether Mr. McArthur's sentences will be served consecutively or concurrently is the task of Justice John McMahon. Some were naked; others were made to wear a fur coat.

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

Cantlon said most of the killings were facilitated under the pretense of sex.

Toronto police have faced criticism for how they investigated the eight men's disappearances, with some saying the force ignored the LGTBQ community's concerns about a possible serial killer.

In addition to the murders of Navaratnam and Faizi in 2010, McArthur has also admitted to the killings of Andrew Kinsman, 49, Selim Esen, 44, Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, 37, Dean Lisowick, 47, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Majeed Kayhan, 58.

"For years, members of LGBTQ community believed they were being targeted by a killer", Cantlon said.

Court will also hear a more fulsome agreed statement of facts about the murders once the victim impact statements are heard. The man said he was laid down on a fur coat, one that appeared to be the same as in the photos McArthur took of his victims.

McArthur kept a large cache of photographs of each of his victims - when they were alive and dead. He shaved some of the victims, keeping their hair in ziplock bags that he stored in the shed of a landscaping customer's property south of Mt.

He didn't provide any further details at the time, but said he became aware of the information after reviewing two previous police investigations into five missing men from the city's gay village.

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. He had previously slept with the victim.

In a statement last week, attorney Lawrence Gridin defended Gauthier's actions in a 2016 incident in which McArthur was arrested but not charged and said his client has "great sympathy for the victims and the community".

Prosecutor Michael Cantlon didn't display the images found on McArthur's electronic devices during the session, but said they included post-mortem photos of six of the eight victims. They also found surveillance footage where Kinsman lived showing him getting into a red Dodge Caravan.

That was the last day Kinsman was seen or heard from again. Investigators found the victim's calendar with an entry titled "Bruce" dated June 26 2017 - the day he disappeared.

That clue plus McArthur's distinctive van provided Det.

A covert but legal police search of McArthur's home in December revealed photos of the victims on McArthur's digital devices. In each of the folders were pictures of the victims.

Investigators found McArthur had a USB drive that contained a directory with nine subfolders - eight for the men he killed and the ninth for the man found at the time of his arrest, Mr Cantlon said.

A similar encounter seemed set to get under way on January 18, 2018 when John came to McArthur's central Toronto apartment, court heard.

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