Bruce McArthur makes brief court ap­pear­ance, case put over to Feb. 28

Waterloo Region Record - - News - PETER GOF­FIN

TORONTO — Al­leged se­rial killer Bruce McArthur ap­peared briefly by video in a Toronto court­room Wed­nes­day morn­ing, be­fore his case was put over un­til the end of the month.

The 66-year-old self-em­ployed land­scaper faces five first-de­gree mur­der charges in con­nec­tion with the dis­ap­pear­ances of sev­eral men be­lieved to have had ties to Toronto’s LGBTQ com­mu­nity.

Po­lice have found the dis­mem­bered re­mains of six in­di­vid­u­als in large planters at the home of one of McArthur’s clients, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors have said they ex­pect to lay more charges in the com­ing days.

McArthur, wear­ing an or­ange jump­suit, said lit­tle dur­ing his short court ap­pear­ance, speak­ing only to thank the court at the end of the pro­ceed­ings.

A friend of Dean Lisow­ick — one of McArthur’s al­leged vic­tims — was in the court­room, but said he could not bring him­self to look at McArthur on the video screen.

“I’m just numb,” said Jeff Tunney, who lived briefly with Lisow­ick in Toronto.

“You don’t know how to feel about it. I don’t know how.”

Lisow­ick, who po­lice have said had no fixed ad­dress, drifted back and forth be­tween shel­ters and Tunney’s home in the heart of Toronto’s gay vil­lage, be­fore set­tling with Tunney for around two and a half months be­gin­ning in 2015, Tunney said.

Lisow­ick moved out af­ter the pair had a dis­agree­ment over his drug use, Tunney said. But in spring 2016, Lisow­ick showed up out­side Tunney’s home.

“He said he was go­ing to be back and then he never came back and no one knew what hap­pened to him,” he added.

Lisow­ick, who was ei­ther 43 or 44 at the time of his death, was never re­ported miss­ing.

Tunney said he as­sumed Lisow­ick had sim­ply found a bet­ter place to live.

Lisow­ick worked part time as a cleaner in a lo­cal bar and also earned money as a sex worker, Tunney said. Tunney and a friend had tried, un­suc­cess­fully, to warn Lisow­ick away from the sex trade, he added.

“I was a lit­tle wor­ried for his safety be­cause he seemed to be a naive guy that just goes any­where,” Tunney said.

McArthur is sched­uled to re­turn to court on Feb. 28.

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