Canadian gay village serial killer sentenced to life in prison

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However, in cases like those of Michael Rafferty and Terri-Lynne McClintic, who were given life sentences involving the death of just one victim - eight-year-old Tori Stafford, who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted before her death - they will be eligible to apply for parole as early as 2023, Bezan said.

McArthur pleaded guilty last week to murdering eight men from Toronto's gay village.

Parole eligibility was the only question for McMahon to settle as first-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence.

"It's not enough for the families, it's not enough for the lives lost and it's not enough for the community", Nicole Borthwick, a friend of Andrew Kinsman, told CBC after the sentencing.

What do you think about the sentence handed down to Bruce McArthur, the gay serial killer who viciously murdered eight men?

The details of the case are so brutal, the crimes so depraved, that the headlines at times obscured the fact that eight men - Skandaraj Navaratnam, Majeed Kayhan, Abdulbasir Faizi, Soroush Mahmudi, Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, Dean Lisowick, Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman - had been killed. Families and friends of the respective men were not given the closure that they deserved in a timely manner.

There is now an independent review of how police treat missing persons cases, after outcry over how McArthur was able to kill undetected for seven years.

The dismembered parts of seven victims were found in gardening planters at a house where McArthur had been permitted to store his tools in the garage.

"We will continue to do what we can to support the community and look for opportunities to improve our relationship", she said in an email. One man's remains were found in a garbage bin buried in a nearby ravine.

But the sentence McArthur ended up receiving Friday, the Associated Press says, was the most lenient option on the table.

McArthur pleaded guilty on January 29.

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"The ability to decapitate, dismember his victims and do it repeatedly, is pure evil", he said.

McArthur never expressed any remorse and only stopped his killing spree because he was arrested.

Toronto police and the trial did not reveal a motive.

"Would police have taken more and swifter action if McArthur's victims had not been gay or people of colour, homeless or addicted to drugs?" the editorial read. Police say more victims may be identified.

A ninth folder was labeled with the name of the man tied to the bed.

Court heard that many of them were immigrants and of South Asian or Middle Eastern descent.

"Hopefully, one thing that comes out of this is better lines of communication between the police and marginalised communities across the city", he added.

"This is a crime of stark horror", Cantlon said in a statement.

Members of Toronto's gay community claim their concerns that a serial killer was targetting them were not treated seriously by police.

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"It is my hope that he will never again know freedom and that this sentence begins the hard journey of delivering justice to the victims of these crimes, their friends and families, our LGBTQ community, and our entire city", said Tory in a statement regarding the sentencing, adding that the victims should be remembered.