WARMINGTON: Closure for T.O. cops in wake of Bruce McArthur sentencing

WARMINGTON: Closure for T.O. cops in wake of Bruce McArthur sentencing

McArthur, 67, received eight concurrent life sentences from Justice John McMahon, and will not be eligible for parole for 25 years, when he's 91.

That waiting period would have left McArthur ineligible for parole until the age of 116, beyond his expected natural lifespan.

McArthur murdered Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Kirushna Kanagaratnam, Dean Lisowick, Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman between September 2010 and June, 2017.

McArthur was accused of killing and dismembering eight men between 2010 and 2017, hiding seven of the corpses in planters and the eighth in a ravine.

McMahon said McArthur's actions caused devastation to not only the friends and family of his victims, but also to the LGBTQ community and the people of Toronto.

The chief said officers had launched an investigation, Project Houston in November 2012, into the disappearances of McArthur's first three victims, but simply never had enough evidence to proceed further until 2017.

At a two-day sentencing hearing, loved ones of McArthur's victims spoke about the devastation, anger and struggles they experienced as a result of his crimes.

McMahon said he couldn't do a better job capturing the impact of McArthur's actions than Greg Dunn, a friend of Kinsman.

Haran Vijayanathan, executive director of the South Asian Alliance for Aids Prevention and a long-time advocate for the victims and their families, praised the team of detectives that caught McArthur, but expressed anger that it seemed to take the murder of a white man, Kinsman, to spur action.

"If he were to be paroled I think we would have to start questioning sentencing in this country". Bottom row (left to right) are Skandaraj Navaratnam, Andrew Kinsman, Kirushna Kanagaratnam and Majeed Kayhan. He thanked both the prosecution and the defence, noting "it is not easy to defend a serial killer".

Police excavating the back of a property in Toronto
Police excavating the back of a property in Toronto

Toronto's Gay Village is a couple blocks of shops, restaurants and bars in the heart of the city.

No doubt McArthur will live out the rest of his days in prison anyway.

Kirushnaveny Yasotharan, the sister of Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, said in her statement that she was suffering from severe depression, was taking antidepressant medication and had lost considerable weight.

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.

He noted that in Ontario, the closest case to McArthur's was that of Elizabeth Wettlaufer, the former registered nurse from Woodstock who murdered 14 patients with insulin injections.

An entry in Kinsman's calendar indicated who he had planned to meet that afternoon: "Bruce".

In January 2018, police moved to arrest McArthur after seeing a young man enter his home.

Toronto police have faced public criticism over their handling of the case.

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"I do not see Bruce McArthur seeing daylight, I don't see him in a public setting ever again", Insp. "That doesn't mean he's going to be free".

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