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Serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to life in prison

Admitted Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur was given a life sentence in prison Friday in the deaths of eight men.

The 67-year-old landscaper will be allowed to apply for parole at the age of 91.

On Jan. 29, Bruce McArthur pleaded guilty to eight separate counts of first-degree murder in the Toronto area.

The Crown sought a life sentence with no chance of parole for 50 years, while the defence had asked that McArthur be eligible for parole in 25 years.

Faizi's widow, Kareema, said that she now works 18 hours or more a day to support their daughters, who were 6 and 10 when he disappeared in 2010.

"People wanted answers", Detective David Dickinson told reporters. The community has gone through so much pain already. "This community is broken and it's going to be broken for a long, long time".

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.

When Bruce McArthur was arrested in January 2018, police found a ninth potential victim in McArthur's residence. A search of the suspect's hard drive for evidence revealed eight folders labeled with the names of different men. Some were friends of McArthur; all were strangled with a rope and pipe and McArthur took photographs of their bodies after their deaths. Concurrent means McArthur will serve the sentences simultaneously.

McMahon acknowledged other indirect victims as well, like Karen Fraser, the homeowner of the property where McArthur had buried the remains of the eight men.

The Toronto serial killings shocked Canada and its gay community, with mayor John Tory calling McArthur "a monster who preyed on the city".

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Police said that from August 2017, when McArthur was first named as person of interest, to the months after when he was put under surveillance, they worked to ensure he would not kill again. "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".

The main question surrounds the Chief's December 2017 statement that there was "no evidence of a serial killer" when we now know McArthur was on the radar and charged as serial killer just a month later. Top row (left to right): Selim Esen, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick and Abdulbasir Faizi.

Surveillance footage from Kinsman's neighborhood showed him entering a red Dodge Caravan identified as belonging to McArthur.

McArthur sexually assaulted and forcibly confined many of his victims before murdering them.

The victims of Bruce McArthur.

Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam's mother, brother and cousin, who came to Toronto from Sri Lanka, appeared outside the courthouse following the sentence; his mother wiping away tears. The Toronto Police Department has also formed its first official missing persons unit and has pledged to re-examine all reports filed since 1990, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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.

Esen, who had no fixed address, was reported missing in April 2017.

"Our lives were shattered with the shocking news".

Umme Fareena Marzook the wife of Mahmudi, sobbed in court while her victim impact statement was read aloud.

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