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Gay Serial Killer Bruce McArthur Gets Life Sentence

11 February, 2019, 11:28 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to life in prison

For friends and family of the eight men murdered by McArthur, the sentencing was the culmination of his guilty plea last week, and the arduous days in court that followed - listening to the horrifying details of how he killed his victims, and delivering victim impact statements.

McArthur, 67, will be 91 when his first chance at parole comes up.

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.

First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no parole for 25 years, but a court can impose consecutive periods of parole ineligibiliy for several convictions.

Serial killer Bruce McArthur will be eligible to apply for parole after spending at least 25 years in prison for the murders of eight men in Toronto, a judge ordered on Friday.

The victims include Selim Esen, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick, Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnama, and Abdulbasir Faizi.

Many in the community say they were convinced a serial killer was on the loose, an idea the police dismissed about a month before McArthur was caught.

McArthur, who worked as a landscaper, hid most of the remains of his victims in flower pots on the property where he worked. Most of his victims had ties to Toronto's gay community. "The community will never be the same".

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

The questions surrounding police bias around McArthur have led to the formation of an advisory board made up of activists, lawyers and former judges, who will conduct an independent investigation into how missing persons reports are handled, according to The Toronto Sun.

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"The ability to decapitate, dismember his victims and do it repeatedly, is pure evil", he said.

Now, with the trial over, advocates want to put the focus back on why so many died before police cracked the case.

During the two hours it took for the judge to read his reasons for sentencing, McMahon recounted other cases he had looked into involving multiple murders, in which the accused had pleaded guilty.

"All of the victims were vulnerable individuals lured to their deaths", he said.

"Some of his victims were recent immigrants from other countries. and they were also part of an LGBT community that is not always a community that elicits prompt and thorough responses from police when somebody goes missing", he said.

A ninth sub file on McArthur's found USB storage device had been titled "John" - the name of the man found handcuffed to the bed, naked, with duct tape over his mouth. "A different standard of justice for racialized and LGBTQ+ people is the reality in our city and province".

Toronto police said they have no plans to release his mugshot. "Many met or corresponded with Mr McArthur through dating apps", said Cantlon.

McMahon noted how all the friends and families had been victimized twice - searching fruitlessly for their loved ones when they went missing, only to learn they'd been murdered.

At a two-day sentencing hearing, loved ones of McArthur's victims spoke about the devastation, anger and struggles they experienced as a result of his crimes.

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