Gay serial killer Bruce McArthur given eight life sentences

Serial killer Bruce McArthur to learn today whether he'll ever be eligible for parole

Serial killer Bruce McArthur to learn today whether he'll ever be eligible for parole

A serial killer who murdered eight men from Toronto's gay village won't be able to apply for parole for 25 years.

The defence has asked that sentences for all eight first-degree murder counts be served concurrently, which would make McArthur eligible for parole in 25 years.

"This sentence must reflect society's revulsion for such depravity and violence", Ontario Superior Court Justice John McMahon wrote in his decision, according to the CBC.

McMahon also says he has no doubt McArthur would have continued to kill if he wasn't arrested by police a year ago.

"Many of the victims had ties to Toronto's LGBT village and had a social life within that community".

"An early guilty plea must be considered a mitigating factor when addressing a fair and fit sentence", he said.

McMahon also says he has no doubt McArthur would have continued to kill if he wasn't arrested by police a year ago.

He said at the time he spoke, there was only evidence that connected McArthur to one homicide - Kinsman - and not any others. "The accused has saved the family, friends and community at large from enduring a graphic public trial that would have been a nightmare for everyone".

McMahon called McArthur a "morally bankrupt" and "dangerous serial killer" who likely would have gone on killing if he had not been apprehended.

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.

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McArthur kept some of their personal belongings, like bracelets and notepads, and also kept digital files of all the victims, categorizing them in subfolders.

Kinsman had also marked "Bruce" in his diary on June 27, 2017 - the day he disappeared. Bottom, from left to right: Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, Kirushnakumar Kanagaratnam.

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

The man - who has only been identified as "John" - had been texting McArthur via a dating app.

Before he was arrested in January 2018, McArthur had been interviewed by police twice in connection with the disappearances.

Police would later discover the remains of seven men in garden planters at the home where McArthur had worked as a landscaper.

When McArthur answered, police entered, found the man secured to the bed and arrested McArthur.

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.

The case sparked anger from some members of the LGBT community who felt that police dismissed their concerns about a possible serial killer and may not have put sufficient resources into finding the culprit.

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