Canadian police charge alleged killer with another murder

24 February, 2018, 09:18 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Toronto police update expected on investigation into accused serial killer Bruce McArthur

Toronto police have laid a sixth murder charge against alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur.

Idsinga says Navaratnam's remains - and those of five other people - were found in large planters at a home on Mallory Crescent where McArthur worked as a landscaper.

Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga said the remains of three of the six victims have been identified, and said he believed more charges will be added.

The three identified victims are Navaratnam, 40, who was reported missing in 2010; Andrew Kinsman, 49, who was known to have had a long-term sexual relationship with McArthur; and Soroush Mahmudi, 50, whose disappearance was reported nearly three years ago.

Selim Esen, 44, Majeed Kayhan, 58, Dean Lisowick, 47, and Andrew Kinsman, 49, who was the third set of remains on the property, are the other four men whose deaths McArthur has been linked to.

Investigators said they believe there are more victims. However, only the remains of one person have been positively identified.

Those close to the suspect said he was Navaratnam's employer and was engaged in a sexual relationship with him when he disappeared in 2010 while leaving what was at the time a gay bar.

They believe there are multiple murder scenes, including McArthur's apartment.

When asked how the two latest victims were identified, Idsinga said they used dental records. Kayhan was a 58-year-old Afghan immigrant who was reported missing by his son in 2012, and Dead Lisowick was a homeless prostitute in his mid-40s.

"We still have properties that we are searching, that long client list of Mr. McArthur's that we are making our way through", Toronto police spokesman Meaghan Gray told the Associated Press last week.

The case has evolved with police now looking at "hundreds of outstanding missing persons occurrences" and even "occurrences where there's been a sudden death". "We are tracing his whereabouts as far back as we can go".

The gruesome discovery of McArthur's alleged trail of victims has rattled Toronto's Gay Village, a neighborhood known for its predominantly gay population.

Edward Royle, a lawyer for McArthur, declined to comment on the case.

"Skanda Navaratnam was one of the three males who were the focus of Project Houston", Idsinga said, referring to a police task force initiated in 2012 after Navaratnam and two others, Abdulbasir Faizi, 42, and Majeed Kayhan, 59, vanished.



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