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Canadian serial killer's sentencing moved to Friday

Canadian serial killer's sentencing moved to Friday

McArthur pleaded guilty to eight murders of men with ties to Toronto's gay village in Canada last week.

"Unfortunately they often find themselves in countries where they face detention, face persecution, face injustice due to their sexual orientation", he said. McArthur would later access some of the photos long after the killings.

Officers who were watching McArthur moved to arrest him on January 18, 2018, when they saw him bring a Middle Eastern man into his apartment. They later charged McArthur for the murders of Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kanagaratnam.

While all eight of the men he admitted murdering had ties to Toronto's gay community, majority were further isolated due to a combination of racial, cultural or economic factors.

Seven members of Toronto's LGBTQ community had gone missing without a trace over a seven-year period.

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

"Most of the deceased had traits that made victimization more likely or harder to detect", he said. "Some lack stable housing".

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

The man found hogtied on McArthur's bed was a married Middle-Eastern man, "John", whose family did not know of his sexual orientation.

McArthur, a self-employed landscaper, admitted he sexually assaulted and forcibly confined many of his victims before murdering them.

A friend of Kirushna Kanagaratnam, who was murdered in January 2016, said he and Kanagaratnam came to the country aboard the MV Sun Sea after fleeing Sri Lanka in 2010.

Vijayanathan said most of McArthur's victims fell into demographics that can be fearful of law enforcement, cut off from social supports and ostracized from society at large.

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Bruce McArthur, 67, took photos of the corpses after wrapping them in fur coats and putting cigars in their mouths, prosecutors said.

Mr Cantlon said McArthur has shown some remorse by pleading guilty to the charges.

McArthur would then dismember his victims and dump their remains in planters around a residential property in midtown Toronto, where he stored his landscaping equipment, or in a ravine behind the home.

McArthur murdered all eight of his victims by strangling them, and this is the same van that led police to arrest McArthur for eight counts of murder.

Body parts of all eight of the victims were found at a home where McArthur worked as a gardener. McArthur also kept jewelry and other personal belongings of his victims.

Cantlon said police moved in when they realised McArthur had someone over.

On Kinsman's calendar that day was marked one word: "Bruce".

McArthur, who'd known Kinsman for a decade, picked him up in his red 2004 Dodge Caravan outside Kinsman's Winchester St. building on June 26, 2017. Most were living in the margins of the city in one or more ways - some to the point that their disappearances were never reported to police. "No criminal charges were laid at the time". "He wanted to make the world a better place".

Navaratnam was practically unbeatable in Scrabble, his friend Phil Werren remembered. "Skanda will never be replaceable to me". Rather, details of the crimes were compiled through the police's own investigation into McArthur.

"I was told he lived on the streets downtown".

Tuesday's portion of the sentencing hearing also included arguments from the Crown and McArthur's lawyers on whether McArthur's automatic life sentences should be served consecutively or concurrently.

When they reached the bedroom, McArthur told John they would have to hurry because someone was expected at the apartment, the prosecutor said.