Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to 25 years in prison

Serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to 25 years in prison

67-year-old Bruce McArthur was sentenced in a Toronto courtroom today.

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

"We believe that the Toronto Police Service failed to provide adequate resources and effort in their investigations of the disappearances of Skanda Navaratnam (2010), Abdulbasir Faizi (2010), Majeed Kayhan (2012), and Selim Esen (2017)", the Alliance wrote in November of 2018.

McArthur sexually assaulted and forcibly confined many of his victims before murdering them, court heard. Concurrent means McArthur will serve the sentences simultaneously. Some victims' remains were found in the planters of homes where McArthur did landscape contracting.

At various points in his decision, McMahon called McArthur "morally bankrupt" and said he acted with a "complete lack of humanity".

"The ability to decapitate and dismember his victims, and to do it repeatedly, is pure evil", McMahon said. Two of Kinsman's sisters would occasionally nod in agreement when McMahon would describe the depraved nature of McArthur's actions, and shake their heads at some of the graphic details of his crimes, particularly those about their brother.

"I am satisfied with the sentence", Homicide Insp. Top row, from left to right: Skandaraj Navaratnam, Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen and Abdulbasir Faizi.

"The end of the criminal case process doesn't bring closure to their loss", McMahon said.

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

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

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

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

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

Lisowick, who struggled with mental health problems and addiction, had been homeless and was discharged from a shelter the day McArthur killed him.

"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.

Toronto Mayor John Tory said McArthur's victims should "never be forgotten".

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

"We follow the evidence, and the evidence is telling us that that's not the case right now", Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders told reporters in December 2017.

And at the time of his 2018 arrest, McArthur had his potential ninth victim shackled to a bed, prosecutors revealed during the course of the trial.

The questions surrounding police bias around McArthur have led to the formation of an advisory board made up of activists, lawyers and former judges, who will conduct an independent investigation into how missing persons reports are handled, according to The Toronto Sun.

It's hard to know what a parole board will hand a 92-year-old McArthur in 2045.

"I do not see Bruce McArthur seeing daylight", Saunders said.

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