Sixth murder charge laid against alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur


Sixth murder charge laid against alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur

The detective at the helm of the investigation into accused serial killer Bruce McArthur is expected to deliver an update in the case at 10:45 a.m. Friday.

On 8 February, police say they found the remains of six people at the home of elderly residents who stored Mr McArthur's landscaping equipment in exchange for free lawn care.

The latest murder charge involves 40-year-old Skanda Navaratnam, who went missing in 2010. Navaratnam was reported missing by a close friend ten days later.

McArthur was charged last month with 49-year-old Kinsman's death, as well as the presumed death of 44-year-old Selim Esen. Both men were separately reported missing from the area of Church and Wellesley streets past year. He said the remains of three other people were found in those planters, but police have been unable to identify them yet. Police say more charges could be filed.

Both Mahmudi and Navaratnam were identified through dental records.

January 29, 2018 - McArthur is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Mahmudi, Kayhan and Lisowick.

The gruesome discovery of McArthur's alleged trail of victims has rattled Toronto's Gay Village, a neighborhood known for its predominantly gay population.

Mr McArthur, 66, now currently faces a total six charges for killings targeting gay men in Toronto.

Idsinga said police are searching one other property in the city and have two other "properties of interest" in the GTA that they may search in the future.

McArthur appeared via video link in College Park courtroom at 11:30 a.m.to be formally charged with a sixth count of first-degree murder. Kayhan, 58, went missing in 2012.

Edward Royle, a lawyer for McArthur, declined to comment on the case. It is believed he was murdered between May 2016 and July 2017.

"We still have properties that we are searching, that long client list of Mr. McArthur's that we are making our way through", Toronto police spokesman Meaghan Gray told the Associated Press last week.

In addition to working as a self-employed landscaper, McArthur allegedly also worked as a Santa Claus at the Agincourt Mall in Toronto, the Global News reported.