Canada dismemberment trial shown video of fatal meeting

Thu Oct 2, 2014 7:13pm EDT
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By Allison Lampert

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Images of a Canadian man holding a door for the Chinese student he later dismembered were shown at trial on Thursday, with the prosecution telling the jury the footage was from surveillance cameras at the building where the gruesome murder took place.

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

Lean and fine-boned in the footage watched by the jury, a now heavier Magnotta looked far different in court, where he sat behind a glass pane wearing a black T-shirt and dark-rimmed glasses.

Grainy footage taken from four security cameras on May 24, 2012, showed Magnotta and Lin entering the weathered Montreal apartment building, which overlooks a busy expressway.

Over the next day, Magnotta is repeatedly seen entering and leaving the building, carrying and disposing of black garbage bags and a gray suitcase, his trips interrupted occasionally to fix his hair in the entrance mirror.

The footage shows Magnotta easily carrying the gray suitcase into the building on May 25, while laboring to drag it down the stairs when he departs several hours later.

In court on Thursday, janitor Michael Nadeau testified that he noticed a foul-smelling, locked gray suitcase among the heap of black garbage bags he was removing from the back of the building to the curb on May 29.

Nadeau said he used a pair of pliers to break the lock and that he and a resident who was helping him with odd jobs that day looked inside.   Continued...

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