Gay Serial Killer Bruce McArthur Gets Life Sentence

Serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to life in prison

Serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to life in prison

"Unfortunately they will live with this nightmare the rest of their lives", said McMahon, reading from his 17-page sentencing report.

McArthur, who pleaded guilty to eight murders that brought fear to Toronto's gay community, was sentenced Friday.

Top row (left to right) are Selim Esen, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick and Abdulbasir Faizi.

For some, McMahon's sentence provided little solace.

The 67-year-old won't be eligible for parole for another 25 years, according to the BBC. Instead, he settled on the mandatory minimum, meaning that McArthur could face a parole board when he's 91, although it's highly unlikely he will ever see any kind of freedom from prison. "This community is broken and it's going to be broken for a long, long time", Borthwick continued.

Kanagaratnam moved from Sri Lanka to Canada in 2010.

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. Families and friends of the respective men were not given the closure that they deserved in a timely manner. Two of Kinsman's sisters would occasionally nod in agreement when McMahon would describe the depraved nature of McArthur's actions, and shake their heads at some of the graphic details of his crimes, particularly those about their brother.

McArthur, whose mother was Irish, admitted to sexually assaulting, killing and in some cases photographing the dead bodies of eight men connected to the Toronto gay village.

Speaking Friday afternoon, Saunders said at the moment he spoke about there being no evidence to suggest a serial killer was in their midst, he was only aware of evidence that implicated McArthur in one homicide, that of Andrew Kinsman, his final victim. Bottom, from left to right: Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, Kirushnakumar Kanagaratnam.

McMahon noted how all the friends and families had been victimized twice - searching fruitlessly for their loved ones when they went missing, only to learn they'd been murdered.

At a press conference, lead investigator Detective Hank Idsinga said the Kinsman murder hadn't fit the profile of McArthur's other victims, and this led to his capture. Some had not revealed they were gay.

"It's not enough for the families or for the lives lost", she told reporters.

"When I sleep, I sleep with a sadness which fills my heart and always tears come to my eyes".

A Crown attorney read aloud a statement from a daughter who never met Lizowick. "And I will constantly be reminded of how my beloved and innocent husband was brutally murdered".

"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", said Tory in a statement regarding the sentencing, adding that the victims should be remembered.

"My life has been truly fractured".

Police said that from August 2017, when McArthur was first named as person of interest, to the months after when he was put under surveillance, they worked to ensure he would not kill again.

McMahon added that the "greatest post mortem indignity" was that McArthur "systematically cut up in pieces and buried" his victims in planters on an "unsuspecting person's property in Leaside". By 2012, Kayhan, also an immigrant from Afghanistan, was gone, too.

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