Bruce McArthur: Life Sentence for Toronto Gay Village Serial Killer

Serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to life in prison

Instead, Justice John McMahon sentenced McArthur, 67, to a mandatory life sentence but with concurrent, not consecutive, periods of parole ineligibility of 25 years.

The week-long sentencing hearing followed McArthur pleading guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder.

A Canadian judge handed down a sentence for serial killer Bruce McArthur on Friday, condemning him to life in prison with no chance for parole for 25 years.

McArthur's confirmed victims, whom he murdered between 2010 and 2017, are Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Soroush Mahmudi, Kirushna Kan withagaratnam, and Abdulbasir Faizi.

Several members of the gay community told reporters outside the courthouse they were disappointed McArthur did not receive a harsher penalty, while others accepted that he would likely die behind bars. The former landscaper sexually assaulted, killed and dismembered men he met in Toronto's Gay Village district over seven years until his arrest in early 2018.

"We will continue to do what we can to support the community and look for opportunities to improve our relationship", she said in an email.

But the sentence McArthur ended up receiving Friday, the Associated Press says, was the most lenient option on the table.

And at the time of his 2018 arrest, McArthur had his potential ninth victim shackled to a bed, prosecutors revealed during the course of the trial.

Two police investigations into the missing men returned no leads, even though McArthur's name came up during one investigation, and he was as a witness (not a suspect) during the later one.

"All or most of the victims were vulnerable individuals who were lured to their death", McMahon said.




He also considered McArthur's decision to plead guilty - saving friends and family of the victims, as well as the community and a jury, the gruesome details of a four-month trial.

Abdulbasir Faizi, 42, is reported missing to Peel Regional Police, west of Toronto.

"Would police have taken more and swifter action if McArthur's victims had not been gay or people of colour, homeless or addicted to drugs?" the editorial read.

Not only did he stage and photograph his victims so he could relive his horrific handiwork, but the "morally bankrupt" killer subjected them to the most heinous indignity after death.

Most of the victims were immigrants of South Asian or Middle Eastern descent, Cantlon told the court. All of them had ties to the city's LGBTQ community.

"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.

Saunders echoed Idsinga's statement but said no length of sentence would be enough for some. "Although there can be no closure from a crime of this magnitude, we hope that these eight convictions for first-degree murder will assist our community in beginning a new chapter of healing". He says there's no evidence to suggest a serial killer is walking the streets of Toronto.

But if McArthur believed they would go unmissed, he miscalculated.

Jooyoung Lee, a sociologist and an expert on serial homicide cases, said the fact that McArthur's victims belonged to marginalised groups may have helped him evade police for years.

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