Canadian found guilty of murdering, dismembering Chinese student

Tue Dec 23, 2014 1:29pm EST
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By Nelson Wyatt

MONTREAL (Reuters) - A Canadian man who killed and dismembered a Chinese student in Montreal in 2012 was found guilty of first-degree murder on Tuesday, with the jury delivering the verdict after more than a week of deliberating the gruesome case.

Luka Magnotta, 32, had admitted to killing and dismembering engineering student Jun Lin, 33, but pleaded not guilty on grounds of mental illness.

Magnotta was also found guilty of committing an indignity to a human body, publishing and mailing obscene material, and criminally harassing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament.

The prosecution had argued that Magnotta was "a man on a mission" and had carefully planned his acts.

The verdict came on the 8th day of jury deliberations.

Magnotta, standing in a glassed-in, high-security prisoner's dock, showed no emotion and only lowered his eyes as the verdicts on each of the five charges were read out.

A first-degree murder conviction in Canada carries an automatic life sentence with no possibility of parole for 25 years.

The presiding judge, Justice Guy Cournoyer, told the court the case "was by all standards unique" and praised the jury.   Continued...

Rocco Luka Magnotta, also known as Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov, is shown in this undated handout photo released by the Montreal Police to Reuters on May 30, 2012. Magnotta was found guilty of first-degree murder on December 23, 2014, in a case in which a Chinese student was killed and dismembered in Montreal in 2012. REUTERS/Montreal Police/Handout/files