Life Sentence For Toronto Serial Killer Bruce McArthur

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Since McArthur plead guilty and verified the details of his killings in court, his sentence-life in prison with no parole eligibility for 25 years-wasn't up for the debate.

Last week, McArthur pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder.

The prosecution had argued that 50 years is a measured number and would confirm for the families that they will never have to relive this again through a parole hearing.

Santhanaladchumy Kanagaratnam, mother of Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam who was killed by Canadian serial killer Bruce McArthur, gestures after McArthur was sentenced to life imprisonment following his guilty plea to eight counts of first-degree murder, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on February 8.

Some of McArthur's eight victims-Skandaraj (Skanda) Navaratnam, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick, Majeed Kayhan, Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Kirushnakumar Kanagaratnam and Abdulbasir Faizi-were of Middle Eastern and South Asian descent.

After killing each of the men, McMahon said, McArthur subjected them to "the greatest post-mortem indignity": cutting their bodies into pieces and burying their remains in plant pots or underground.

All eight victims were gay and killed in Toronto's predominately gay neighborhood, known as "the Village".

McArthur lured men in Toronto's Gay Village, and later staged photos with some of the corpses, where he would dress them up in fur coats and put cigars in their mouths.

McArthur had some sort of relationship - some of which were sexual - with each of his victims, Toronto Police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray said previous year.

However, Helen Kennedy, the executive director of LGBT+ rights group Egale, said an independent judge-led investigation should be carried out into the police's handling of McArthur case specifically.

Karen Fraser, the owner of the home, who had casually met two of the victims, has said she is "haunted" by the case. "This court can not give them what they want the most - which is their loved one back".

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Many in the LGBTQ community say it's a slap in the face, a failure to send a clear signal that their lives matter.

She said the punishment failed to either fit the crime or soothe the wounds of the community impacted by the men's deaths.

The investigation would later take police to dozens of properties where McArthur worked, to be excavated in search of evidence.

Many said they had long grappled with the disappearance of a son, father, brother or friend only to learn previous year that their loved one had been killed.

In his victim impact statement read earlier this week, Jalill Kayhan, brother of Majeed, said the family had agonized over his disappearance since 2012, not knowing where he went, what happened to him, and then, finally being notified of his "horrific and brutal murder".

Andrew Kinsman, his final victim, had written "Bruce" in a calendar on the date of his disappearance.

Then he posed their bodies for photographs, with numerous images featuring the same fur coat. He was naked, tied to a bed and had a bag over his head.

But prosecutors offered no insights into what drove McArthur, a father of two who left his wife in 2000, to become a serial killer. "What makes this particular case unique was that there was a serial killer".

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.

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

Saunders echoed Idsinga's statement but said no length of sentence would be enough for some.

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