Body finds hit eight in se­rial killer case

Yorkshire Post - - UK & ABROAD -

AL­LEGED SE­RIAL killer Bruce McArthur is now fac­ing an eighth mur­der charge in Canada.

Toronto po­lice said the 66-year-old land­scaper has been charged with first-de­gree mur­der over the death of Kirushna Ku­mar Kana­garat­nam.

De­tec­tive Sgt Hank Idsinga said Mr Kana­garat­nam’s re­mains were found at a home McArthur used as stor­age for his land­scap­ing busi­ness.

He said Mr Kana­garat­nam ar­rived from Sri Lanka in 2010. The body was iden­ti­fied af­ter they re­leased pho­to­graphs and ap­pealed to the pub­lic for help.

Po­lice added there are no links be­tween Mr Kana­garat­nam and the “Gay Vil­lage” of Toronto. The other al­leged vic­tims have been linked to the dis­trict.

Most of the al­leged vic­tims were of Mid­dle East­ern or South Asian des­cent and lived on the mar­gins of Cana­dian so­ci­ety.

One al­leged vic­tim hid the fact that he was gay from his Mus­lim fam­ily. An­other was a re­cent im­mi­grant with a drug prob­lem. An­other al­leged vic­tim was home­less, smoked crack co­caine and was a sex worker.

Po­lice al­lege McArthur tar­geted men he en­coun­tered through gay dat­ing apps.

Po­lice be­lieve 37-year-old Mr Kana­garat­nam was killed be­tween Septem­ber 3 and De­cem­ber 14 2015. Of­fi­cers said more re­mains might be found in the planters at the home McArthur used as stor­age and that 75 prop­er­ties linked to the land­scaper are also un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Po­lice plan to search them once the weather warms up in early May.

De­tec­tives said in­ves­ti­ga­tors are look­ing into 15 other cold cases dat­ing back to the 1975, but have not found a con­nec­tion as yet.

McArthur made a brief video court ap­pear­ance on Mon­day to hear the new mur­der charge. He has not en­tered a plea.

Ti­betan spir­i­tual leader the Dalai Lama poses for a group photo with tourists at the Tsug­lakhang tem­ple in Dharm­sala, In­dia. The Ti­betan leader spoke to In­dian and for­eign tourists on sec­u­lar ethics and the im­por­tance of tol­er­ance in the 21st cen­tury.

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