Sentencing hearing to begin for serial killer Bruce McArthur

Sentencing hearing to begin for serial killer Bruce McArthur

Sentencing hearing to begin for serial killer Bruce McArthur

What's expected to be a three day sentencing hearing for serial killer Bruce McArthur began on Monday and before it even got underway prosecutors had to warn those in the courtroom that the details of the case are so gruesome, that they may become sick.

Cantlon said the two met through an online dating app in 2017. He added that McArthur's killing spree stoked widespread fear in Toronto's LGBT community, forcing people to compromise how they lived their lives. "Some lacked stable housing", said Cantlon. He was supposed to fly home in September, 2015, after he lost his refugee bid in April 2015.

"Det. Gauthier conducted a proper investigation and fully documented the arrest of McArthur so that the information was available to all other investigators", Gridin wrote.

"He was a highly intelligent man - he was nearly unbeatable at scrabble", the friend said of the man who went by the name Skanda. On that day, "John" recalled McArthur asking him if his family knew where he was going, to which he responded that their meeting was a "secret".

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

On Jan. 29, a year after his arrest, McArthur pleaded guilty to eight counts of first degree murder in the deaths of eight Toronto men, most of whom had ties to the city's Gay Village community.

During sentencing, the courts will hear from Crown lawyer Michael Cantlon, as well as dozens of the victims' friends, family members and loved ones. They later charged McArthur for the murders of Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kanagaratnam.

McArthur sexually assaulted, killed and dismembered men he met in Toronto's Gay Village district over seven years.

Court will also hear a more fulsome agreed statement of facts about the murders once the victim impact statements are heard.

"Victims were posed naked, with cigars in their mouth, shaved, and/or made to wear a fur coat and hat", Cantlon said. He kept hair from the men in bags stored on a property south of Mt. He said police moved in when they realized he had someone over.


He had previous convictions for assault. He had previously slept with the victim. When Andrew Kinsman, a 49-year-old LGBTQ activist and former bartender in Toronto went missing in 2017, authorities convened a second task force and were able to follow clues in the Kinsman case back to McArthur.

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 McArthur's arrest, Cantlon said.

Police found victims' belongings in McArthur's apartment, including a bracelet, jewelry and a notebook.

Police narrowed a list of suspects in the case after seeing surveillance video of the last victim, Andrew Kinsman, enter a red Dodge Caravan in 2017.

That clue plus McArthur's distinctive van provided Det.

McArthur used those vulnerabilities to his advantage, said Cantlon, who choked up at one point reading the victims names.

A covert but legal police search of McArthur's home in December revealed photos of the victims on McArthur's digital devices. In some of the pictures he's shirtless and unconscious, and in others he is naked and has wounds around his neck.

In several photos, Cantlon said, McArthur had arranged the men's dead bodies in similar poses.

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

When they arrived, they found McArthur had chained the man - identified in court only as John - to a four-poster bed and placed a black bag over his head.

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