Canadian serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to life in prison

Serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to life in prison

Serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to 25 years in prison

Hours after Bruce McArthur was sentenced to life in prison, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders once again defended his investigators, who have been criticized for not acting sooner on concerns from the LGBTQ community that a serial killer was responsible for the disappearances of several men from the Village.

However, in cases like those of Michael Rafferty and Terri-Lynne McClintic, who were given life sentences involving the death of just one victim - eight-year-old Tori Stafford, who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted before her death - they will be eligible to apply for parole as early as 2023, Bezan said.

During his decision McMahon spoke about the good work by Toronto police in capturing McArthur and said that there was no doubt in his mind that had they not intervened when they did, McArthur would have killed the man found tied to his bed at the time of arrest.

Meanwhile, the LGBT community has been "devastated" and "will never be the same", he said. The community has gone through so much pain already. Idsinga, Det. David Dickinson, Const. Danielle Bottineau and Const. Jenniferjit Sidhu - went a long way toward answering them during an emotional news conference.

In committing the eight murders, the judge said, McArthur victimized the dead men's families twice over: first when their loved one vanished and again when they finally learned the "horrific truth".

McArthur's string of murders has prompted an inquiry by a retired judge into how the Toronto police handle missing persons cases and whether their investigations are influenced by the sexuality or race of those who have vanished.

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In this July 5, 2018, file photo, members of the Toronto Police Service excavate the back of a property in Toronto during an investigation in relation to Bruce McArthur. A search of the suspect's hard drive for evidence revealed eight folders labeled with the names of different men.

McArthur posed their bodies for photographs, with numerous pictures featuring the same fur coat.

A mural in the Gay Village area of Toronto, where five victims disappeared, Feb 8, 2019.

Police said that from August 2017, when McArthur was first named as person of interest, to the months after when he was put under surveillance, they worked to ensure he would not kill again.

Most of his victims were homeless, recent immigrants, or people of Middle Eastern or South Asian decent.

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. After his final victim, Andrew Kinsman, went missing in June 2017, law enforcement began investigating McArthur.

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Surveillance footage from Kinsman's neighborhood showed him entering a red Dodge Caravan identified as belonging to McArthur.

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

Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam's mother, brother and cousin, who came to Toronto from Sri Lanka, appeared outside the courthouse following the sentence; his mother wiping away tears. He was not reported missing.

There is now an independent review of how police treat missing persons cases, after outcry over how McArthur was able to kill undetected for seven years.

"Our lives were shattered with the shocking news".

She sobbed while prosecutor Craig Harper read her statement aloud to the court.

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"I will now always have to live with knowing I will never have a relationship with my father", Emily Bourgeois said.

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