Canadian serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to life in prison

Serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to life in prison

Serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to 25 years 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.

The 67-year-old has been given eight concurrent life sentences.

The Crown was asking for a life sentence with no chance of parole for 50 years.

"It's not enough for the families, it's not enough for the lives lost and it's not enough for the community", Nicole Borthwick, a friend of Andrew Kinsman, told CBC after the sentencing.

The Canadian serial killer responsible for the murders of eight men in the Toronto area was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.

"We believe that the Toronto Police Service failed to provide adequate resources and effort in their investigations of the disappearances of Skanda Navaratnam (2010), Abdulbasir Faizi (2010), Majeed Kayhan (2012), and Selim Esen (2017)", the Alliance wrote in November of 2018. The remains of an eighth victim were later discovered in a ravine behind the same property.

McArthur specifically targeted gay men in Toronto using gay dating apps.

McArthur stood impassively in a red plaid shirt and grey jumper while the sentence was handed down on Friday.

Justice John McMahon called McArthur a sexual predator who killed for his own "warped sick gratification" and said the victims suffered slow and painful deaths.

An independent review of how the case was handled by police is being carried out following criticism of how the case was handled and how McArthur got away with a seven-year killing spree.

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The judge said, "All or most of the victims were vulnerable individuals who were lured to their death". "It is saddening and unacceptable that it took the disappearance of Andrew Kinsman to reopen public interest in the cases of the missing South Asian and Middle Eastern men".

A man said that McArthur had tried to choke him in the back of his van but that he escaped.

When Bruce McArthur was arrested in January 2018, police found a ninth potential victim in McArthur's residence.

"It is my hope that he will never again know freedom and that this sentence begins the hard journey of delivering justice to the victims of these crimes, their friends and families, our LGBTQ community, and our entire city", Tory said. Each folder contained photos of the men - some alive, some dead and some with their naked bodies posed in fur coats or with unlit cigars. He was found bound to a bed with a bag over his head but otherwise unharmed.

"Police have no evidence how he connected with a serial killer - the family still wants to know the how they connected", said Piranavan Thangavel, who came over on the Sun Sea with Kanagaratnam.

Rev. Deana Dudley, of Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, says work must be done in order to restore a sense of security.

"This is a crime of stark horror", prosecutor Michael Cantlon said in a statement.

But then he said "two factors unique to this case" prevented him from doing so.

Investigators found a calendar inside Kinsman's apartment with the name "Bruce" written on June 26, 2017, the day Kinsman went missing, according to CTV.

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