Serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to 25 years in prison

Serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to 25 years in prison

Last week, McArthur pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of eight men between 2010 and 2017.

A serial killer who admitted to killing eight men in a series of crimes that terrorized Toronto's gay village has been sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 25 years. He pleaded guilty last month.

McArthur and his eight victims all had ties to Toronto's gay village neighbourhood.

In his decision, McMahon said McArthur "lured the men to their deaths" likely on the promise of consensual sexual activity.

More charges followed in the first-degree murders of Abdulbasir Faizi, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, and Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam.

McArthur's string of murders has prompted an inquiry by a retired judge into how the Toronto police handle missing persons cases and whether their investigations are influenced by the sexuality or race of those who have vanished. Some have argued that the police response was slowed by homophobia and racism - that the force might have acted more quickly if different men had disappeared.

"Especially when it comes to race and class and the LGBTQ community there has always been a distance in terms of how police work with the community", said Haran Vijayanathan, of the Toronto-based Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention group.

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

"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. It was there, in the early 1980s, that police raids on bathhouses spurred Canada's gay rights movement. Some of the victims were not openly gay; some had struggled with addiction and homelessness.

"I do not see him in a public setting again", he said. "He was a fixture", he said. All went missing between 2010 and 2017.

In December of the same year, Faizi, originally from Afghanistan, vanished.

Many communities had also suffered from McArthur's crimes, he said, including the immigrant and refugee communities, which McArthur disproportionately targeted. Eventually, the effort was disbanded. Police later found a folder on McArthur's computer labelled with the man's name that contained images of him. "This community is broken, and is broken for a long time". By July, Project Prism was launched to look into his disappearance and another recent case.

Saunders agreed, saying granting McArthur parole at any time would raise questions about sentencing protocols nationwide.

Police are still reviewing a series of cold cases to see if they can find any links to McArthur but have said that so far, they believe he didn't kill anyone else.

Investigators sift through garden planters for remains of McArthur's victims.

The first was that McArthur - unlike Millard, for example - had entered an early guilty plea which "is an extremely mitigating factor".

"People wanted answers", Detective David Dickinson told reporters.

"They pretend to be strong in front of me", she said of her daughters.

Similarly, the Toronto Star's editorial board questioned the alleged inaction from the police in an op-ed. "Why did the police seemingly not take the concerns of the LGBTQ community more seriously?" Cantlon described the extensive collection of photographs McArthur kept of his victims - many of them taken while they were alive.

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