Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Toronto police interviewed McArthur years before arrest

Toronto police interviewed McArthur years before arrest

Toronto police say "concerning" information uncovered in the course of their probe into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur has prompted the force to launch an internal investigation.

Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga, who is the lead investigator on the McArthur case, did however confirm to CTV News Toronto that he was the one to file the report with the Professional Standards Unit. He said the photo has been altered slightly to remove "artifacts".

For his part Idsinga, said that he is confident that the professional standards probe will not be a distraction as police continue their exhaustive investigation into McArthur.

Toronto Star via Getty Images Officer Hank Idsinga speaks to the media where investigators removed evidence from inside the home at 53 Mallory Cresc., Toronto on February 8, 2018. These investigators then passed this information to the Toronto police professional standards unit and an internal investigation began Monday.

Two sources with knowledge of the case, but who did not want their names used because they were not authorized to speak publicly, told The Canadian Press that the "concerning" information was linked to a police interview with McArthur years ago for an unrelated incident.

The 66-year-old landscaper is now facing six first-degree murder charges in relation to men who disappeared from Toronto's gay village or had ties to the city's LGBTQ community. All six alleged victims had ties to the city's gay village.

Saunders has faced criticism, most notably from the LGBTQ community, for how he and his force have communicated the progress of their investigations into the disappearances.

Mayor John Tory is calling for an external review of the way the Toronto Police Service handles missing persons reports in the wake of the Bruce McArthur case.

"We know this information will be disappointing to some members of the community", Gray said in the statement issued on Wednesday morning.

Mc Arthur victim that was first made public on Monday
Mc Arthur victim that was first made public on Monday

Police said the latest unidentified remains were found in a planter at the same Toronto property where six other sets of remains were found.

Idsinga said he became involved with that project when police found some evidence suggesting that Navaratnam "had met with foul play".

"This is a unique investigation in the history of our organization", Pollanen said.

She said that it her hope that the review will create some "immediate action", though she said that the failures in the investigation into the disappearances of men from the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood may go beyond the scope of the TPS.

By 2014, police had closed Project Houston, saying none of their findings would classify anyone as a suspect of a criminal offence.

"Ultimately the person to blame is Bruce McArthur", he said.

As CBC News reported in January, McArthur was charged with two counts of assault in 2003 after attacking a man with a metal pipe, requiring him to stay away from a section of the downtown gay village and to not be in the presence of male prostitutes.

In July 2017, after the more recent disappearances of Kinsman and Esen, police launched Project Prism, the ongoing investigation that is now focused on McArthur. Bottom row, from left to right: Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Majeed Kayhan, 58.

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