Life Sentence For Toronto Serial Killer Bruce McArthur

11 February, 2019, 11:31 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to life in prison

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.

McArthur, 67, received eight concurrent life sentences from Justice John McMahon, and will not be eligible for parole for 25 years, when he's 91.

McArthur pleaded guilty last week to murdering eight men from Toronto's gay village.

A first degree murder conviction brings with it an automatic life sentence with no parole for 25 years.

Triple killer Dellen Millard must wait 75 years to seek parole - he'll be 102.

McArthur has admitted to murdering Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam. Families and friends of the respective men were not given the closure that they deserved in a timely manner.

The dismembered parts of seven victims were found in gardening planters at a house where McArthur had been permitted to store his tools in the garage.

Yet a monster who stalked Toronto's gay village and preyed on eight of its most vulnerable gets a lighter sentence?

She said the punishment failed to either fit the crime or soothe the wounds of the community impacted by the men's deaths.

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 and dismember his victims and do it repeatedly is pure evil", McMahon said.

A spokesman for Toronto Police said investigators had "worked diligently" to "do everything possible to locate the missing men". "Would police have taken more and swifter action if McArthur's victims had not been gay or people of color, homeless or addicted to drugs?" He's been charged with neglect of duty for what was originally thought to be a shoddy investigation of McArthur in 32 Division in June of 2016, after two men came into the station complaining about a date gone bad.

In this July 5, 2018, file photo, members of the Toronto Police Service excavate the back of a property in Toronto during an investigation in relation to Bruce McArthur.

After the sentencing, Nicole Borthwick, who knew some of the victims, said outside court that the judge was too lenient.

The court document said police uncovered a duffle bag containing duct tape, a surgical glove, rope, zip ties, a bungee cord, and syringes - evidence pointing to some of the victims being tied up, confined and sexually assaulted prior to their deaths.

McMahon also addressed the impact the murders have had on the LGBTQ community. "McArthur also shaved and stored the facial hair from his victims, Cantlon said".

Toronto police said they have no plans to release his mugshot.

April 14, 2017 - Selim Esen, 44, is reported missing.

Haran Vijayanathan, executive director of the South Asian Alliance for Aids Prevention and a long-time advocate for the victims and their families, praised the team of detectives that caught McArthur, but expressed anger that it seemed to take the murder of a white man, Kinsman, to spur action.

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