Body parts killer guilty of murder

Published: Tuesday 23rd December 2014 by The News Editor

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A jury has found a Canadian man guilty of killing and dismembering his Chinese lover and mailing the body parts to schools and political parties around the country.

Luka Magnotta was convicted of first-degree murder for the 2012 killing of Jun Lin after eight days of jury deliberations. He was also convicted on four related charges.

Magnotta, 32, had pleaded not guilty. He admitted the killing but sought to be found not criminally responsible by reason of insanity. His lawyer argued he is schizophrenic and could not tell right from wrong at the time.

The prosecution countered the crime was planned and deliberate and that Magnotta’s behaviour and actions were not those of an insane person.

The case gained international notoriety when body parts arrived at offices of Canada’s biggest political parties, and a video appeared online that prosecutors said shows Magnotta stabbing and having sex with the dismembered corpse.

In May 2012, a package containing a severed foot was found at the headquarters of Canada’s ruling Conservative Party. The same day, a hand was discovered at a postal facility in a package addressed to the Liberal Party of Canada.

Ms Lin’s torso was found in a suitcase at a rubbish dump outside Magnotta’s apartment building in Montreal. About a week later, the missing foot and hand were found mailed to two schools in Vancouver.

Magnotta was arrested in Berlin after an international manhunt.

Published: Tuesday 23rd December 2014 by The News Editor

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