Canada dismemberment victim broke up with boyfriend before death

Wed Oct 1, 2014 6:01pm EDT
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By Allison Lampert

MONTREAL (Reuters) - A Chinese student killed and dismembered by a Canadian man broke up with his boyfriend just weeks before he was killed, the former boyfriend said in court on Wednesday.

Canadian Luka Magnotta, 32, has admitted to killing and dismembering Jun Lin, 33, videotaping the acts and mailing parts of the body to elementary schools and to two political parties. He is pleading not guilty due to mental illness.

Testifying in a Quebec court, Feng Lin, 35, said he and victim Jun Lin broke up just weeks before he was killed because Jun Lin's family was pressuring him to meet a girl and get married.

Speaking through an interpreter, Feng Lin said he had gone back to visit family in China and was still exchanging 40 to 50 text messages a day with Jun Lin, even after they broke up.

He cut short his trip to return to Montreal when Jun Lin ceased returning his text messages and was en route to Montreal when a classmate of Jun Lin's telephoned him with news. "The friend told me there was a TV clip and informed me that the body belonged to Jun Lin," Feng Lin testified.

"It was only after my arrival in Montreal that I looked at the first part of the video. I don't know how long I watched, probably several minutes," Feng Lin said. The prosecutor said the jury will see the video allegedly made by Magnotta that shows the killing taking place in Magnotta's apartment.

Feng Lin said he contacted the police because the man he saw in the video was not Jun Lin. The court has been told that an unidentified man appeared early in the video, alive but bound and naked on a bed in Magnotta's apartment. The rest of the video shows Lin's dead body on the same bed, the prosecutor said.

Magnotta's lawyer, Luc Leclair, says he is not criminally responsible for the crime because he is mentally ill.   Continued...

An artist's sketch shows Luka Rocco Magnotta, appearing in court for his preliminary hearing in Montreal, in this March 11, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Atalante/Files