Alleged Toronto serial killer charged with 8th count of first-degree murder

Tom Hooper

Tom Hooper

Today we learned that the name of McArthur's alleged victim is Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, he is alleged to have been killed by McArthur sometime between September 3 and December 14 of 2015.

Idsinga said Kanagaratnam was never reported missing and was not identified until after police released an image that generated hundreds of tips.

Kanagratnam is the second alleged victim of McArthur's who was an immigrant from Sri Lanka. He was not on file as missing in Canada.

The 50-year-old was reported missing in 2015 by his family in east Toronto.

With the exception of Kayhan, police say they've identified the remains of those men in the planters.

Police say McArthur targeted men he encountered through dating apps that cater to gay men, meeting them at bars in the "Gay Village" area of Toronto.

Unlike McArthur's other seven alleged victims, Toronto police said 37-year-old Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam is not believed to have had ties to the city's LGBTQ community or a downtown neighbourhood known as the gay village.

McArthur was previously charged in the murders of Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam and Abdulbasir Faizi.

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He allegedly acted in a combative manner when police arrived at the scene and had to be subdued with the use of a taser. The charge includes "intentionally and knowingly causing bodily injury to a person 65 years or older".

Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga declined to comment on what Kanagaratnam's immigration status had been at the time of his death, and it's now unknown if he was an asylum seeker.

Idsinga said investigators confirmed his identity with the help of an "international agency" but wouldn't expand on that.

Like most of the other men the self-employed landscaper is believed to have slain, however, Kanagaratnam's remains were recovered from planters at a central Toronto home where McArthur once worked.

"We have lots of searches left to do as the weather gets warmer", Idsinga said.

"I think we've all seen in the media so-called experts who tell us that serial killers don't start in their late 50s and their 60s", Idsinga said. McArthur, the source said, began to target men whom he had no links to and who fewer people would notice missing.

Idsinga says Kanagaratnam's remains were found at a home McArthur used as storage for his landscaping business. Police have not said whether Mahmudi had any sort of relationship with McArthur. Police said at the time believed the man was one of McArthur's victims and requested the public's help in learning who he was. It's unknown whether he will be facing further charges, but investigators are looking into murders and disappearances going back as far as 1975.

Since his mid-January arrest, the probe into his life has grown larger.

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