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The first day of Bruce McArthur’s sentencing hearing in Toronto is revealing new details about the trove of evidence against the serial killer.

The hearing, which got underway Monday morning and is expected to last three days, comes just days after McArthur pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder.

Crown attorney Michael Cantlon began the hearing in Ontario Superior Court by affirming something that members of the LGBT community in Toronto were long aware of: They were targeted by a killer.

Reading from an agreed statement of facts, Cantlon said photographs of several victims, including Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Soroush Mahmudi, and Dean Lisowick, were found on his digital devices.

Cantlon also elaborated on a detail first revealedin a shorter statement of facts released last week, telling the court that victims were photographed while “staged” after their deaths, typically with ropes around their necks.

Some had signs of strangulation and one had a cigar in his mouth. 

More to come

CBC | Canada News

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