Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Accused serial killer McArthur charged with eighth count of first-degree murder

Accused serial killer McArthur charged with eighth count of first-degree murder

McArthur worked as a landscaper and reportedly hid the remains of some of his alleged victims in flowerpots at a property that he did work for.

"The identification was confirmed with the assistance from an worldwide government agency", said Idsinga, though he would not provide further details. Idsinga said at the time that "artifacts" were removed from the photo. "We've had lots of global calls since our pleas began from people who just haven't seen family members in years".

Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga of the Toronto Police Service said Kanagaratnam was born in Sri Lanka but moved to Canada in 2010.

Investigators said he was identified after they took the rare step of releasing photographs of his corpse and appealed to the public for help. CBC News reported the image came from McArthur's computer, but Idsinga would not confirm that information.

Idsinga said police believe he was murdered sometime between September 3 and December 14 in 2015.

Police say McArthur targeted men he encountered through dating apps that cater to gay men, meeting them at bars in the Gay Village.

McArthur was already charged in the deaths of Andrew Kinsman, 49; Selim Esen, 44; Majeed Kayhan, 59; Soroush Mahmudi, 50; Dean Lisowick, 47; Skandaraj "Skanda" Navaratnam, 40, and Abdulbasir Faizi, 42.

The exact cause of death has also not been determined at this point.

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A 66-year-old landscaper who was known in Toronto's Gay Village, Mr. McArthur was arrested in January, confirming years of community fears that a string of gay men who went missing in Toronto were victims of foul play.

"He doesn't quite fit the profile that we've seen before", said Idsinga. "But if we listen to these experts, we'd be looking for a brown-skinned, 35 year-old male".

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Idsinga said they had no evidence that Kanagaratnam had any links to the city's LGBTQ neighbourhood, unlike all seven other victims. It closed after 18 months as it did not establish the whereabouts of the missing men or resolve the circumstances of their disappearances, police said.

He also acknowledged the work of the officers on Project Prism. McArthur came to the police's attention in the fall of 2017 as part of that probe.

Toronto police have scheduled a press conference for 10:30 a.m.to update their investigation.

McArthur made a brief video court appearance on Monday to hear the new murder charge.

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