Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur faces seventh charge of first-degree murder

Apr 12, 2018, 00:11
Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur faces seventh charge of first-degree murder

February 23, 2018 - Police lay a sixth charge of first-degree murder against McArthur, identify Navaratnam as one of the alleged victims whose remains were found in the planters.

McArthur, wearing an orange prison jump suit, appeared by video in a Toronto courtroom Wednesday morning to be charged with first-degree murder in the case of Abdulbasir Faizi, an Afghan immigrant who went missing in 2010.

In addition to the ongoing homicide investigation, there are a number of other related probes, including an internal investigation that a source says is related to a previous police interview of McArthur.

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Police are expected to update the public at 1:30 p.m. on three aspects of the investigation.

McArthur was initially charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Selim Esen, 44, and Andrew Kinsman, 49, when he was arrested on January 18 - a day after Toronto Police found human remains buried in planters at a home on Mallory Cr. where he allegedly stored landscaping equipment.

In early March, police announced they had recovered at the remains of at least seven people from planters at a home on Mallory Crescent where McArthur kept his landscaping equipment.

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"I can now add that the pathologists have identified the remains of Selim Esen, Dean Lisowick, and Abdulbasir Faizi", Idsinga said. They said they had identified three sets of remains belonging to Andrew Kinsman, Soroush Mahmudi, and Navaratnam. He said the majority of the cases involve gay men or victims with links to the gay village.

Faizi's disappearance was being investigated by Toronto police in connection with the disappearance of Skandaraj Navaratnam and Majeed Kayhan, 58, under an investigation dubbed Project Houston. It closed after 18 months as it did not establish the whereabouts of the missing men or resolve the circumstances on their disappearances, police said. Police have said the man was dead when the picture was taken, but won't say when or how they obtained the image.

Idsinga said it's quite possible that the victim was not a resident of Toronto and that police were hoping to get tips to the man's identity from other countries as well. Police released a digitally enhanced version of the photograph along with a rendition of what the man may have looked like during the press conference. The two middle-aged men were reported missing in 2017.

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McArthur's next court date is April 25.

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