Web­site owner pleads guilty in post­ing of Mag­notta video

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

ED­MON­TON — An Ed­mon­ton web­site owner has pleaded guilty in the post­ing of an in­fa­mous video of Luka Mag­notta dis­mem­ber­ing a Chi­nese univer­sity stu­dent in Mon­treal. The trial for Mark Marek, who founded best­gore.com, was to start Mon­day. But Marek, who is 41, has pleaded guilty to pub­lish­ing ob­scene ma­te­rial — a charge un­der the cor­rupt­ing morals sec­tion in the Crim­i­nal Code. “I ad­mit to post­ing the video and then it went be­yond serv­ing the pub­lic good,” Marek told the court. He was ar­rested a year af­ter the 2012 killing of Jun Lin. Po­lice al­leged Mag­notta sent Marek the video and that Marek posted it on­line know­ing it de­picted a real killing. Mag­notta was con­victed in 2014 of first-de­gree mur­der and sen­tenced to life in prison. The video, ti­tled “1 Lu­natic 1 Ice Pick,” shows a man in a dark hoodie stab­bing an al­ready dead Lin and even­tu­ally cut­ting the body into pieces.

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