الأحد , مايو 16 2021

Canada porn actor guilty of murder

Luka Magnotta. File photoLuka Magnotta had pleaded not guilty to the murder charge

A Canadian porn actor has been found guilty of first-degree murder over the dismemberment of his lover in 2012.

Jurors in Montreal rejected Luka Magnotta’s defence that mental illness meant he was not responsible. He now faces a mandatory life sentence

Magnotta, now 32, had earlier admitted killing 33-year-old student Jun Lin before his body parts were posted to political parties and schools.

Magnotta was later arrested in a cybercafe in Berlin, Germany.

Before his arrest, French police said he had flown to Paris from Montreal.

Investigators have said a video posted online, in which a man apparently uses an ice pick to kill another man, is believed to show Jun Lin’s murder.

Headless torso

Magnotta was convicted after eight days of deliberations by the jury.

The defence had said that Magnotta was a schizophrenic and therefore could not be held criminally responsible.

But the prosecution had successfully argued that the murder in May 2012 was both planned and deliberate.

Mr Lin’s headless torso was found behind the block of flats where the bisexual porn actor lived.

Severed limbs, also confirmed to be the Chinese student’s, were sent to political parties in Ottawa – including Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party – and to two schools in Vancouver.

The case sent shockwaves across Canada and gained international notoriety.

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