April 23, 2019

Gay serial killer Bruce McArthur given eight life sentences

11 February 2019, 03:00 | Devin Moran

Gay serial killer Bruce McArthur given eight life sentences

Gay serial killer Bruce McArthur given eight life sentences

Shelly Kinsman is embraced by supporter Susan Gapka as she leaves The Toronto Courthouse in Toronto, Ontario on Friday, February 8, 2019 after the sentencing of Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur.

The 67-year-old landscaper will be allowed to apply for parole at the age of 91.

McArthur, whose mother was Irish, admitted to sexually assaulting, killing and in some cases photographing the dead bodies of eight men connected to the Toronto gay village.

In cases of multiple counts of first-degree murder, judges can choose consecutive life sentences, which would increase the years of parole ineligibility for convicted murderers.

The Crown is seeking a life sentence with no chance of parole for 50 years.

Serial killer Bruce McArthur was sentenced to 25 years in prison, and will be eligible to apply for parole after that.

McArthur's victims were Andrew Kinsmen, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Souroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagartnam.

McArthur has been in prison since January 2018 when investigators discovered dismembered remains in planters at home he used as storage for his business.

Numerous victims, although not all, were from the Gay Village, a neighborhood in Toronto known for its predominantly gay population.

In November 2012, the Toronto police began an investigation into the disappearances of three men who, it eventually emerged, were murdered by McArthur.

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.

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.

McMahon said: "All or most of the victims were vulnerable individuals who were lured to their death".

A man said that McArthur had tried to choke him in the back of his van but that he escaped.

McArthur had been in the middle of restraining a potential ninth victim identified as "John" when police arrested him. "This court can not give them what they want the most - which is their loved one back".

At a news conference on Friday afternoon, Toronto Police Insp. "A different standard of justice for racialized and LGBTQ+ people is the reality in our city and province".

The prosecution said that a frequent site of the killings was McArthur's bedroom and that he repeatedly strangled his victims either with his hands or with rope and a metal bar.

Two police investigations into the missing men returned no leads, even though McArthur's name came up during one investigation, and he was as a witness (not a suspect) during the later one. He was last seen in Toronto's gay village.

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. He thanked both the prosecution and the defence, noting "it is not easy to defend a serial killer".

The last victim, Andrew Kinsman, was superintendent of McArthur's apartment building.

Other News

Trending Now

Microsoft wants you to stop using Internet Explorer as a browser
Unfortunately, legacy web apps likely won't go anywhere anytime soon, which means Internet Explorer won't go away either. He even stripped the longtime browser of its status and instead referred to it as a "compatibility solution".

Zach Randolph traded from Kings to Mavericks Wednesday
Trading him is one thing, but they actually trading Barnes while he was on the court and still playing for the team. The decision surprised Mavericks veteran Dirk Nowitzki. "Everybody else would have bounced out".

Germany Says Facebook Cannot Combine Data From WhatsApp, Instagram
In fact, the company says, it's keeping everyone safe from stuff like terrorism and child abuse. Online privacy is a grave concern in Germany as they lead the global charge against Facebook .

Netflix rolls out 'Smart Downloads' feature for iOS
Downloading offers a one time installation of each episode or movie on a network, then may be viewed whenever the user would like. This is ideal for mobile users who watch a lot of Netflix content as they travel, either on a commute or a long flight.

PSG hands big boost to Manchester United ahead of Champions League clash
The French giants travel to Old Trafford on Tuesday for the first-leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with United. United are actually going to win, aren't they? If he leaves us at half-time, I'm afraid it's serious. "It's too much.

Aurora Innovation self-driving startup scores big Amazon investment
Bagnell was a founder member of Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Centre and Uber's Advanced Technology Centre. Rowe Price also invested along with Inc and several venture capital firms.

Scientists test 'beer before wine and you'll feel fine' hangover theory
Old folk wisdoms such as " Beer before wine and you'll feel fine; wine before beer and you'll feel queer" exist in many languages. It was discovered that, no matter what order drinks were drunk in, participants still reported the same hangover scores.

Eurovision Song Contest 2019 Kate Miller Heidke to represent Australia
I want to thank all the artists who made the first ever selection show a spectacular success and all the fans who got behind them. She came out on top with a total of 135 points, 87 points from the public and 48 points from the jury of industry experts.

Man dances his way through roadside sobriety test, charged with DUI
Larson later spoke with Fox 13 and said he would not call what he in the video dancing and would not comment on the arrest. When ordered out of the auto , he got out - but since it was still in drive it began to roll forward.

Former New York Times Editor Reviewing Book After Accusations of Plagiarism
On Wednesday , Michael Moynihan of Vice News claimed passages of the book were "often not true" or were "plagiarized". My book has 70 pages of footnotes, and almost 100 source citations in the Vice chapters alone.