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Gay village serial killer sentenced to life in prison for murdering eight people

Canadian serial killer Bruce McArthur was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday in a trial that gripped the country and shocked the gay community of Toronto.

McArthur, who pleaded guilty to eight charges of first-degree murder from 2010 to 2017, was arrested in January 2018 by Toronto police and was initially charged with the murders of five men.

The murderer preyed on men in Toronto’s Gay Village, sometimes shaving them in twisted rituals after they had been killed.

Twisted McArthur photographed victims’ naked bodies in fur coats with cigars.

Justice John McMahon in the Ontario Superior Court said he had "no doubt Bruce McArthur would have continued killing” and noted McArthur had shown no signs of remorse or turned himself in.

Bruce McArthur targeted those on the fringe of society

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McArthur, 67, will be eligible for parole after 25 years, the judge said.

Some victims’ remains were found in the planters of homes where McArthur did landscaping contracting.

Evidence revealed in a hearing showed McArthur kept items from his victims and had photographs of them on his computer.

Prosecutor Michael Cantlon revealed six of his eight victims had been spotted in after-death photos.

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He told a Canadian court : "Victims were posed naked, with cigars in their mouth, shaved, and/or made to wear a fur coat and hat."

The lawyer also revealed police found a naked man handcuffed to the bed when they raided McArthur’s home and arrested him on January 18 last year.

He said police raided the property in when they realised McArthur had someone else there.

The man, who survived, was identified only as Middle Eastern and named "John".

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Investigators found McArthur had a USB drive that contained a directory with nine subfolders – eight for the men he killed and the ninth for the man found at the time of his arrest, Mr Cantlon said.

Mr Cantlon has said the cases range from 2010 to 2017 and a frequent site of the killings was McArthur’s bedroom.

He said the bodies were dismembered and hidden in large planters at a home McArthur used for his landscaping business. Several of the victims were strangled.

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McArthur, now 67, moved to the Toronto area in around 2000 and previously lived in a suburb where he was married, raised two children and worked as a travelling salesman of underwear and socks.

His landscaping business was small, but he periodically hired workers, including a 40-year-old man who disappeared in 2010.

The victims fit a pattern – most were of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent and lived on the margins of Canadian society. Their disappearances attracted little attention.

"Many of the victims had ties to Toronto’s LGBT village and had a social life within that community. Many met or corresponded with Mr McArthur through dating apps," Mr Cantlon said.

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"Some were forced to live parts of their life in secret because of their orientation. Some lacked stable housing.

"There is evidence that Mr McArthur sought out and exploited these vulnerabilities to continue his crimes undetected."

McArthur pleaded guilty to killing Mr Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.

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