Serial killing Santa Bruce McArthur is sentenced for Gay Village Toronto murders

Serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to life in prison

Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur has been sentenced to 25 years in prison with no chance for parole for the murders of eight men, a judge ruled on Friday.

A former mall Santa was sentenced on Friday in the murders of eight men in Toronto.

Parole eligibility was the only question for McMahon to settle as first-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence, and the judge said McArthur's age and guilty plea were factors in his decision. He'll be able to apply when he's 91 but the judge noted - perhaps sensing the expected outcry - that "the chances of the accused being paroled are very remote at best".

"Many of the victims had ties to Toronto's LGBT village and had a social life within that community".

McArthur's victims were Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam. Two of Kinsman's sisters would occasionally nod in agreement when McMahon would describe the depraved nature of McArthur's actions, and shake their heads at some of the graphic details of his crimes, particularly those about their brother.

"There is evidence that Mr McArthur sought out and exploited these vulnerabilities to continue his crimes undetected".

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Two were homeless with addiction problems, one a refugee awaiting deportation, and others married men who had hidden their sexuality from their families.

"Dean was a loving and caring man", his uncle wrote the court.

A rainbow crosswalk in the Gay Village area of Toronto, where five victims disappeared, Feb 8, 2019.

Others relatives expressed rage at McArthur. The Toronto Police Department has also formed its first official missing persons unit and has pledged to re-examine all reports filed since 1990, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Since learning of his murder, she says she suffers from PTSD and has been unable to work.

Umme Fareena Marzook the wife of Mahmudi, sobbed in court while her victim impact statement was read aloud.

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"I will now always have to live with knowing I will never have a relationship with my father", Emily Bourgeois said. "And I will constantly be reminded of how my beloved and innocent husband was brutally murdered".

"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", Tory said.

He also took the time to commend the police investigation that brought McArthur to justice, a pointed statement at a time that the police department is under scrutiny for how it handled the early stages of the investigations into some of the victims. Although the men are now known to be McArthur's first three victims, the investigation, Project Houston, was shuttered without resolution after 18 months.

Convicted killers Alexandre Bissonnette (left) and Bruce McArthur.

On the day McArthur was arrested, January 18, 2018, police surveilling McArthur saw a man, identified in the agreed statement of facts as "John", meet up with McArthur and enter his apartment.

At the outset, prosecutors took the unusual step of acknowledging that the authorities had brushed off concerns from gay Toronto residents that they were being stalked by a serial killer.

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

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