Canadian gay serial killer Bruce McArthur gets 25-year life sentence

Canadian gay serial killer Bruce McArthur gets 25-year life sentence

Bruce McArthur murdered eight men | Photo: Facebook

A judge sentenced Canadian gay serial killer Bruce McArthur for the murder of eight men from Toronto’s gay village on Friday (8 February).

Justice John McMahon handed down eight concurrent life sentences for the first-degree murder charges. McArthur, 67, will not be eligible for parole for 25 years, when he will be 91.

Each count carried a mandatory life sentence without parole for 25 years.

According to journalist Justin Ling who was present at the sentencing, McMahon could have increased the sentence to life in prison without parole for 50 years.

McMahon reportedly considered the ‘symbolism’ of his sentencing and that, even if McArthur was still alive at 91, his chances for parole would be ‘remote’.

The judge also revealed that McArthur has type 2 diabetes. According to Ling, it went untreated ‘for some time’.

There were other details of McArthur’s sentencing. He will be added to the sex offender registry and cannot contact the families of his victims, for example.

A city gets justice

Toronto police first arrested McArthur in January 2018 for the murders of two gay men.

According to police, they had been tracking McArthur, a self-employed landscaper, for some time as a person of interest in the missing persons cases of gay and bisexual men in Toronto’s gay village.

When they saw a man enter McArthur’s residence on the morning of 18 January 2018, they acted, fearing the man’s safety. They found him bound but unharmed, which led to McArthur’s arrest.

Following the first two murder charges, police continued their investigation. They found remains in planters used by McArthur and ultimately charged him with eight murder counts.

Originally, McArthur wasn’t scheduled to stand trial until 2020. After he pleaded guilty to all eight charges, however, his case moved directly to sentencing.

A majority of McArthur’s victims were Middle Eastern and South Asian immigrants and refugees. During his comments, Judge McMahon recognized the resilience of the LGBTI community, as well as the refugee and immigrant communities.

Toronto’s LGBTI community, and the victims’ family and friends, have now received justice. This case tested the city and helped cement a broken trust in the city’s police.

There is still, however, work and healing to be done.

‘This court cannot give them what they want most: It cannot give them their loved ones back,’ Judge McMahon said.

See also

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