Canadian landscaper Bruce McArthur pleads guilty to eight murders

Bruce Mc Arthur brought into court for his arraignment at College Park College Park Oct. 22 2018.
Sketch Pam Davies

Bruce Mc Arthur brought into court for his arraignment at College Park College Park Oct. 22 2018. Sketch Pam Davies

The 67-year-old self-employed landscaper was arrested in January 2018 and has since been charged with eight counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of several men with connections to Toronto's gay village.

Faizi's disappearance in December 2010, along with that of Navaratnam and Majeed Kayhan, who went missing in 2012, prompted Toronto police to launch missing persons task force Project Houston, which was shuttered after 18 months. His eighth victim was later discovered in a nearby ravine by the midtown Toronto property.

McArthur is set to be in a courtroom - moved from College Park Courts to the larger courthouse at 361 University Ave. - shortly after 9:30 a.m.

He pleaded guilty to each charge as it was read out loud in court.

The court document said police uncovered a duffle bag containing duct tape, a surgical glove, rope, zip ties, a bungee cord, and syringes - evidence pointing to some of the victims being tied up, confined and sexually assaulted prior to their deaths.

He was last seen on a surveillance video getting into McArthur's van on 26 June, 2017, and his DNA was later found inside along with the ligature apparently used to strangle him.

McArthur has been charged with the murders of Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam, according to Global News.

"We call it Bruce A and Bruce B", she said.

The LGBTQ community had long said someone was targeting men who were vanishing from the city's gay village.

A property where police recovered the remains from planters in Toronto, Canada.

"I believe that this is the best possible outcome for the families and the community". "I'm not big on forgiveness.bad things were done", she said.

Lead detective Insp. Hank Idsinga has said the McArthur investigation marked the largest forensic examination in the force's history.

Bruce McArthur is unlikely to ever be released from prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to eight counts of first-degree murder.

February 13, 2018 - Police say excavation at the home's backyard turned up no human remains, but suggest they may "revisit the scene" when the weather warms up.

Forensic officers scoured McArthur's apartment for four months, moving centimetre by centimetre through the residence with the belief it was an alleged murder scene.

"It has been a long and traumatic process and many made the hard decision to attend in person today", he said, according to Toronto police.

Numerous victims, although not all, were from the Gay Village, a neighbourhood in Toronto known for its predominantly gay population.

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