Serial killer Bruce McArthur to be sentenced today

Serial killer Bruce McArthur to be sentenced today

Serial killer Bruce McArthur to be sentenced today

McArthur will have no chance of parole for 25 years after he pleaded guilty to the charges, according to the Washington Post.

The sentencing hearing ended Tuesday, with the length of McArthur's sentence announced today.

As each count carried a mandatory life sentence without parole for 25 years, the only decision before Justice John McMahon has been whether to sentence him concurrently or consecutively.

McArthur will now be eligible for parole when he is 91. "There is a fine line between retribution, which is an appropriate sentencing principle, and vengeance".

"If he were to be paroled I think we would have to start questioning sentencing in this country".

But questions continued to dog Saunders over his statement on December 8, 2017, where he said that, to his knowledge, there was no evidence to suggest a serial killer was operating in Toronto's Gay Village.

"These men did not suffer a quick death", McMahon said, according to City News reporter Adrian Ghobrial.

Body parts of seven victims were found hidden inside large planters that McArthur stored at a client's home in midtown Toronto.

"The ability to decapitate and dismember his victims and do it repeatedly is pure evil", McMahon said. "He also exploited others through a belief he was their friend", McMahon said.

December 8, 2017 - Police Chief Mark Saunders says the force will review its practices in missing persons investigations.

As the Chief said "hindsight" is 20/20 and in Gauthier's case he didn't have that luxury either. "Unfortunately, they will live with this nightmare for the rest of their lives".

The prosecution had asked for a minimum 50-year prison term.

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

During the two hours it took for the judge to read his reasons for sentencing, McMahon recounted other cases he had looked into involving multiple murders, in which the accused had pleaded guilty. Top row, from left to right: Skandaraj Navaratnam, Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen and Abdulbasir Faizi. "It is saddening and unacceptable that it took the disappearance of Andrew Kinsman to reopen public interest in the cases of the missing South Asian and Middle Eastern men".

He then referred to his own time as a homicide detective, saying there are always "redo moments" that come up in murder investigations with the benefit of hindsight.

Police are still reviewing a series of cold cases to see if they can find any links to McArthur but have said that so far, they believe he didn't kill anyone else. "In hindsight, (Kinsmen) left the name of his killer on his calendar".

In January 2018, police arrested McArthur on two counts of murder.

Abdulbasir Faizi, 42, is reported missing to Peel Regional Police, west of Toronto.

"There is nothing I have said that has put anyone in guilt", said Saunders, adding in explanation it's "not a trial but a tribunal" where the "officer can explain what he did", which includes recording video of McArthur and the entering of information to the computer that was later useful when he was identified as a suspect.

Shelly Kinsman, right, leaves the Toronto Courthouse after the sentencing.

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