Canadian serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to life in prison

Canadian serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to life in prison

Canadian serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to life in prison

McArthur, a self-employed landscaper, pleaded guilty last week to eight counts of first-degree murder for men he killed between 2010 and 2017.

McMahon said forbidding McArthur from asking for parole for 50 years would primarily have been a symbolic act, which isn't an objective of sentencing.

He pleaded guilty on January 29 to eight counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam.

That waiting period would have left McArthur ineligible for parole until the age of 116, beyond his expected natural lifespan.

"It's not enough for the families, it's not enough for the lives lost and it's not enough for the community", Nicole Borthwick, a friend of Andrew Kinsman, told CBC after the sentencing.

An Ontario judge has sentenced serial killer Bruce McArthur to serve life in prison and ordered that McArthur not be eligible for parole for 25 years.

Top row (left to right) are Selim Esen, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick and Abdulbasir Faizi. Families and friends of the respective men were not given the closure that they deserved in a timely manner.

McArthur had some sort of relationship - some of which were sexual - with each of his victims, Toronto Police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray said previous year.

"We're presuming that homophobia and racism had something to do with how much energy and effort went into investigating Project Houston", he said, referring to an investigation into three missing men later found to be among McArthur's victims.

Many in the LGBTQ community say it's a slap in the face, a failure to send a clear signal that their lives matter.

Investigators sift through garden planters for remains of McArthur's victims.

McArthur stood impassively in a red plaid shirt and grey jumper while the sentence was handed down on Friday.

Justice McMahon called the crimes "pure evil" and especially condemned McArthur's exploitation of his victims' vulnerabilities.

McMahon noted that an important difference between the two cases was that Wettlaufer expressed remorse for her actions - "unlike Mr. McArthur".

A Toronto police officer is facing disciplinary charges over his involvement in that arrest and release.

"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.

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

In McArthur's bedroom, they found John naked and handcuffed to the bed.

Families and friends of McArthur's victims are expected to speak out about the sentencing later today.

McMahon also addressed the impact the murders have had on the LGBTQ community.

"This is a crime of stark horror", prosecutor Michael Cantlon said in a statement.

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.

Jooyoung Lee, a sociologist and an expert on serial homicide cases, said the fact that McArthur's victims belonged to marginalised groups may have helped him evade police for years.

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