Life Sentence For Toronto Serial Killer Bruce McArthur
11 February, 2019, 11:28 | Author: Trevor Moore
Admitted Torontoserial killer Bruce McArthur was given a life sentence in prison Friday in the deaths of eight men.
The ruling means McArthur will be 91 before he can apply for any form of release, which the judge said he was highly unlikely to receive.
January 17, 2018 - Police uncover evidence suggesting McArthur was responsible for both Kinsman and Esen's deaths, along with the deaths of other unidentified people.
"There is evidence that Mr McArthur sought out and exploited these vulnerabilities to continue his crimes undetected".
McArthur's victims were Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.
McArthur then dismembered his victims and hid their remains in planters at a Toronto residential property where he stored his landscaping equipment, and in a ravine behind the home.
A first degree murder conviction brings with it an automatic life sentence with no parole for 25 years.
The first was that McArthur - unlike Millard, for example - had entered an early guilty plea which "is an extremely mitigating factor".
Giving judges the option of telling particular offenders they can't apply for parole for 40 years would reduce the chances of that happening.
Outside the courthouse on Friday, Nicole Borthwick - a friend of Kinsman, Lisowick and Esen - expressed her disappointment with the sentence.
This "horrific" case, one man said, has left the close-knit Toronto gay community gripped by "despair and fear".
Saunders agreed, saying granting McArthur parole at any time would raise questions about sentencing protocols nationwide.
"I do not see BruceMcArthur seeing daylight", Saunders said. "I have no doubt some, if not all of the jury and court staff, would be in need of counselling at the end of the day to deal with it".
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All eight victims were gay and killed in Toronto's predominately gay neighborhood, known as "the Village".
Police say McArthur is believed to be responsible for other deaths. "We knew something stunk and we did everything we could to find it".
McArthur sexually assaulted and forcibly confined many of his victims before murdering them, court heard.
"Hopefully, one thing that comes out of this is better lines of communication between the police and marginalised communities across the city", he added.
A friend of Kanagaratnam said the man's family still has many questions that haven't been answered.
All went missing between 2010 to 2017.
"Especially when it comes to race and class and the LGBTQ community there has always been a distance in terms of how police work with the community", said Haran Vijayanathan, of the Toronto-based Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention group.
The court heard that McArthur carefully planned his killings.
Many communities had also suffered from McArthur's crimes, he said, including the immigrant and refugee communities, which McArthur disproportionately targeted.
Some of the victims' friends and family members were too overwhelmed by emotion to read their sentencing statements to the judge, and prosecutors took over.
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.
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