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Gay serial killer Bruce McArthur given eight life sentences

11 February 2019

February 8, 2019 - Sixty-seven-year-old McArthur is sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.

He won't be eligible for parole for 25 years, meaning McArthur will be 91 by the time he can apply for release.

McArthur, who pleaded guilty to eight charges of first-degree murder from 2010 to 2017, was arrested in January 2018 by Toronto police and was initially charged with the murders of five men.

"Sentencing Mr. McArthur to parole ineligibility until he is 116 years of age is symbolic".

Triple killer Dellen Millard must wait 75 years to seek parole - he'll be 102.

Serial killer Bruce McArthur has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.

McArthur has admitted to murdering Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.

Investigators sift through garden planters for remains of McArthur's victims. Most of the victims were from the Gay Village neighborhood of Toronto.

McArthur pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder in a Toronto courtroom on Tuesday.

The 67-year-old killer sat quietly hunched over, hands folded in his lap, as a row of police detectives - whose investigation unfolded over the course of last year to become Toronto's largest ever - watched from a row of seats directly behind him.

There is now an independent review of how police treat missing persons cases, after outcry over how McArthur was able to kill undetected for seven years.

As he read his decision over the course of an hour, McMahon described McArthur as a sexual predator motivated by "warped and sick gratification" to lure vulnerable men to their deaths under the pretense of consensual sex.

"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", Tory said.

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

Evidence revealed in a hearing showed McArthur kept items from his victims and had photographs of them on his computer.

Now, with the trial over, advocates want to put the focus back on why so many died before police cracked the case.

Authorities also located a calendar belonging to Kinsman which had the entry "Bruce" on the day in June 2017 that he went missing.

He then posed their bodies for photographs, with numerous images featuring the same fur coat.

"Especially when it comes to race and class and the LGBTQ community there has always been a distance in terms of how police work with the community", said Haran Vijayanathan, of the Toronto-based Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention group. He was last seen leaving a village bar in September 2010.

But then he said "two factors unique to this case" prevented him from doing so.

Kinsman, a LGBT activist, former bartender and an apartment building superintendent who knew McArthur for about 15 years, was an exception.

"This is a crime of stark horror", prosecutor Michael Cantlon said in a statement.

Gay serial killer Bruce McArthur given eight life sentences