Canada dismemberment killer had troubled childhood, his father says

Fri Oct 31, 2014 4:27pm EDT
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By Allison Lampert

MONTREAL (Reuters) - The Canadian man who killed and dismembered a Chinese student in 2012 was raised by a domineering mother who would get drunk on vodka and was obsessed with germs, the man's father testified on Friday, while describing himself as an alcoholic schizophrenic.

Luka Magnotta, 32, has admitted killing and dismembering engineering student Jun Lin, 33, and to videotaping the acts and mailing parts of the body to several addresses. He is pleading not guilty due to mental illness.

The 50-year-old father is a tall, heavyset man from Ontario who cannot be named because of a court-ordered publication ban.

He told the jury in a Montreal courtroom that Magnotta and Magnotta's younger brother and sister were taught at home by his ex-wife, Anna Yourkin. He said the children had no friends and never played with children their own age.

"She was very clingy," he said of his ex-wife. "She wanted to have total control over them."

Yourkin was a heavy drinker who had such a phobia of germs that she would not let the children use public washrooms, instead making them wait until they got home, the father said.

"They were very mixed-up kids and they still are," he told the court.

The prosecutor in the case says Magnotta had planned to kill a person for at least six months before the crime was committed, and that he had emailed a British journalist in 2011 saying he planned to kill and videotape the act.   Continued...

An artist's sketch shows Luka Rocco Magnotta, appearing in court for his preliminary hearing in Montreal, March 12, 2013.  REUTERS/Atalante