Crown calls for consecutive life sentences for serial killer Bruce McArthur

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Harrowing details emerged on the first day of a sentencing hearing for Canadian serial killer Bruce McArthur, as prosecutors described how the Toronto landscape gardener meticulously stalked and targeted his victims, then staged photographs with some of them after he strangled them.

He faces a potential sentence of life in prison with no chance for parole for 25 years or more.

The same fur coat, seen in multiple images of deceased victims, was found in in the room.

Most of his victims were of Middle Eastern or south Asian descent and lived on the margins of Canadian society.

Surveillance footage of Kinsman entering a van linked to McArthur helped police narrow down a suspect.

They later charged McArthur for the murders of Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.

McArthur was the only one who owned the 2004 model, the only one whose auto had chrome siding and lacked fog lights, and the only one Toronto police had recently brought in for an interview - an encounter in June 2016 during which McArthur, under arrest for assault but never charged, told his questioners where he lived.

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Det. -Sgt. Hank Idsinga, who led the investigation into McArthur, said that in the course of his work on the case he came across "concerning" information that triggered the internal probe.

When he suddenly went missing the day after Toronto's gay pride parade, his friends noticed quickly, and so did the police, who set up a another task force to look into disappearances in the Gay Village.

But the LGBTQ community and others have wondered why the serial killer wasn't nabbed sooner - even after its members and the media raised the red flag. McArthur would later access some of the photos long after the killings.

McArthur, now 67, moved to the Toronto area around 2000 and previously lived in a suburb where he was married, raised two children and worked as a travelling salesman of underwear and socks.

Cantlon said most of the killings were facilitated under the pretense of sex.

Cantlon says McArthur posed at least one victim with a cigar in his mouth.

The disciplinary charges a Toronto police officer will be facing in connection with a 2016 arrest of serial killer Bruce McArthur stem from neglecting to video record the victim's statement and failing to take photographs of the injury within 72 hours of the event, CP24 has learned. He also held onto items belonging to them. Back in 2016, McArthur was investigated by police after allegedly assaulting a man in 2016. "An officer released Mr. McArthur without charges, believing his statement to be credible".

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The Crown is seeking a life sentence for him with no parole for 50 years. He was eventually named as one of the eight murder victims.

Cantlon said McArthur has shown some remorse by pleading guilty to the charges.

When they reached the bedroom, McArthur told John they would have to hurry because someone was expected at the apartment, the prosecutor said.

He also said that Gauthier has the "greatest sympathy" for McArthur's victims and families.

"For us now to hear of such a awful death, we who live in this world as refugees feel like there is no safety for us anywhere in the world", he said in his victim impact statement.

Such a sentence would send a clear message "that those committing eight murders would never be paroled", said Crown attorney Craig Harper.

"The severe degree of my emotional distress had a major impact on my relationship with my son and my friends as my emotional and mental health changed drastically", she wrote in her statement.

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