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Accused killer participated in sex worker survey
Researchers from the University of Ottawa are trying to prevent the Crown from getting their hands on a six-year-old interview with Luka Rocco Magnotta.
Lawyers representing the academics argued in Quebec Superior Court on Wednesday the interview with a subject known under the pseudonym “Jimmy” should be kept confidential.
The lawyers say Magnotta participated in the study as part of a survey of sex workers under the condition his interview would remain confidential. Magnotta’s lawyers, who have supported the researchers’ motion, filed an affidavit confirming that later Wednesday.
Montreal police want a copy of the interview for evidence they’re still gathering against Magnotta.
The 30-year-old is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying and dismemberment of Chinese engineering student Jun Lin.
Police came to know about the interview after a research assistant, Adam McLeod, told them about it following Magnotta’s arrest last year. McLeod told authorities “Jimmy” was in fact Magnotta.
Preliminary inquiry wraps up in Montreal
The mother of slain Chinese student Jun Lin says that 10 months after her son’s killing she no longer has the will to live.
The 33-year-old Lin was killed and dismembered last May in Montreal in a case that made headlines around the world.
Lin’s family met with journalists Tuesday as the preliminary hearing for his accused killer — Luka Rocco Magnotta — is on a break at the city’s courthouse.
They wanted to honour Lin’s memory ahead of the Qingming festival, a traditional Chinese date for families to commemorate ancestors and the deceased.
Speaking through an interpreter, Lin’s emotional mother, Zhigui Du, said she still struggles daily with the loss of her son.
“She said that before, she was full of hope for life… (She now has) no interest to live in this world,” said the interpreter as she translated for Du, who broke down in tears a couple of times while talking about Lin.
Accused killer was hearing evidence of murder
Luka Rocco Magnotta has collapsed in court during his preliminary hearing.
The notorious suspect in a killing and dismemberment case had been listening to evidence against him, whose contents are subject to a publication ban.
He appeared distressed during the hearing, holding his hand over his mouth as if he felt ill while hearing the evidence. His eyes were closed for much of the session.
Magnotta appeared to wipe tears from his eyes, behind his glasses, several times.
After about 10 minutes of that segment of the hearing, he asked the guard in his glass-enclosed defendant’s box to request a five-minute break.
He stood up and collapsed on the floor just after the judge agreed to an extended break for lunch.
The Crown prosecutor told personnel in the security gate outside the courtroom to prepare to make way for the possibility that an ambulance might be called in.
Journalist from England’s Sun newspaper testifies
The man accused of killing and dismembering a Chinese foreign student appeared to wipe away tears Thursday as more evidence against him was introduced at a preliminary hearing.
Luka Rocco Magnotta has been mainly impassive during the four days he’s spent in a courtroom, sitting with his arms folded and listening without emotion.
But on Thursday, he appeared to wipe away tears while a Montreal police investigator gave evidence.
Shackled and sitting in a fortified prisoner’s box in a high-security courtroom, Magnotta lifted his hand to his mouth during testimony and rubbed and wiped his eyes from under a pair of glasses.
Magnotta, 30, is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying last May of Jun Lin, a Concordia University engineering student from China.
Daran Lin flees courtroom
A Chinese father left a courtroom in tears after hearing evidence at the preliminary inquiry of Luka Magnotta, who is accused of killing and dismembering his son.
Overcome with emotion, Daran Lin left the courtroom helped by his translator and lawyer Tuesday, trembling and weeping, and he did not return.
A lawyer for the family said the grieving father of Jun Lin had been given a general idea of things he might hear at the preliminary inquiry.
But it proved to be too much for the elder Lin.
“He decided to take the afternoon off,” said Daniel Urbas, a Montreal commercial-litigation lawyer who is acting pro-bono as the family’s attorney.
“He’s gone back to be with his wife and his daughter.”
The Lin family has made the trip to Canada, at considerable cost, in order to honour their relative’s memory and follow the legal proceedings.
Luka Rocco Magnotta was editors’ top choice
The selection of Luka Rocco Magnotta as Canada’s 2012 Newsmaker of the Year lit up the country’s social media and news web sites on Sunday with a cyclone of outrage and condemnation.
The alleged killer, who now sits in a Montreal detention centre as his case goes through the legal process, was the subject of a global manhunt last spring after a Chinese engineering student was killed, his body cut up and remains mailed to four different locations in Ottawa and British Columbia.
The event, including Magnotta’s capture last June at a Berlin internet cafe, was splashed across newspaper front pages and Web sites all over the world.
Magnotta was chosen in the annual poll of the country’s newsrooms by The Canadian Press.
$70,000 raised for murder victim
Nearly two months after Jun Lin’s dismembered body was found in Montreal, a public funeral will be held for him on Thursday in a Montreal funeral home according to the National Post.
A public memorial was held last weekend when his mother spoke about how his death had devastated the family. “We still believe that most people here are very kind, but this heinous crime happened in Canada. It’s made me reconsider what kind of place this is,” Zhigui Du told CBC.
The funeral was announced by Concordia University, where Lin was studying computer science.
Concordia said last on Friday that $70,000 has been raised in Lin’s honour. His family is now setting up an award in his memory.
Jun Lin’s suspected killer is back in Montreal
The main suspect in the case of the death and dismemberment of Chinese student Jun Lin returned to Canada aboard a military plane Monday evening.
News of Luka Rocca Magnotta’s arrival prompted wide coverage from the country’s news outlets. Tuesday morning’s headlines are all about the operation to bring Magnotta back and what’s next for the man dubbed “Canadian Psycho” by the European press. Here are just some of the details:
Security was tight at Montreal’s Mirabel airport, where “a large convoy of marked and unmarked vehicles” awaited. Magnotta disembarked from a Royal Canadian Air Force Airbus CC-150 Polaris just after 7 p.m. Monday from Germany, the Globe and Mail reported.
Criminal charges possible
A Quebec supply teacher who showed students a disturbing video believed to be the killing of student Lin Jun by Luka Rocca Magnotta could face criminal charges.
The Montreal Gazette reports that the teacher, whose name has not been made public but worked at the École secondaire Cavelier-De LaSalle in La Salle, Quebec, could be charged for “offences tending to corrupt morals” under the Criminal Code. The teacher is currently suspended for having played the video in a history and citizenship education class on Jun. 4.
Magnotta, 29, is the principal suspect in Jun Lin’s killing. Police believe the crime was videotaped. Magnotta was arrested in Berlin earlier this month and is awaiting extradition to Canada.
“To his parents, he was a loving and considerate son.”
The family of Jun Lin, a Concordia University student and alleged murder victim of Luka Rocco Magnotta, has released this statement:
As Jun Lin’s family, we would first like to express our deepest appreciation to different levels of both the Chinese and Canadian governments, the related embassies and consulates, the Montreal police, Concordia University, the Chinese community and many other kind-hearted people for their good will and humanitarian support for us at this exceptionally difficult time. Through the kindness of many people, we were able to arrive in Montreal at the earliest possible time.
Luka Rocco Magnotta may be in France
Montreal Police say the victim of Luka Rocco Magnotta was a Chinese citizen who attended Concordia University in Montreal where he studied engineering. Lin Jun, 33, was last seen on May 24 and was reported missing on May 29 by family.
Magnotta is believed to have posted the killing to an internet gore site before sending parts of his victim’s body through the mail, including a foot that arrived at Conservative Party headquarters in Ottawa earlier this week.
Montreal Police believe Magnotta flew out of Montreal’s Trudeau airport on May 26 and French police are searching for him, according to CBC.
Magnotta was a pornographic film actor and once worked as an exotic dancer in Toronto. He was falsely rumored to have had an affair with serial killer Karla Homolka.