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‘Canadian Psycho’ extradited from Germany

Porn actor Luka Rocco Magnotta, accused of killing a student, dismembering his body and posting parts of it to politicians, was extradited from Germany to Canada on Monday in a case that sent shock waves across the globe.

'Canadian Psycho' extradited from Germany
Photo: DPA

Magnotta, 29, landed back in the country aboard a military jet in the custody of Montreal police and officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, officials said. He will appear in court in Montreal on Tuesday.

He is to face charges of first degree murder, committing indignities to a body, publishing and mailing obscene material and criminally harassing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other members of parliament.

“Our government’s cooperation with the international community has led to this individual being swiftly returned to face justice,” Canadian Attorney General Rob Nicholson said.

“It is important that Canadians can have confidence that those who are accused of serious crimes will face the full force of the law,” he added.

The plane arrived in Montreal after a flight from Berlin, but Canadian police did not immediately say where Magnotta, dubbed the “Canadian Psycho”, would be held.

He is suspected of using an ice pick to kill Lin Jun – a Chinese student at Montreal’s Concordia University – sometime between May 24-25.

Magnotta is thought to have then carved up Lin’s body and filmed the act. A video that police believe shows the killing, dismemberment of the body and sexual interference with the corpse, was posted on the Internet.

Police in Montreal were galvanized on May 29 when Lin’s torso was discovered in a suitcase by the trash outside an apartment alongside a busy highway.

The victim’s hand and a foot were sent, meanwhile, to federal Conservative and Liberal parties in Ottawa through Canada Post. And a severed foot and hand that belonged to Lin were delivered to two schools in Vancouver. Lin’s head is still missing.

Magnotta, whose real name is Eric Clinton Newman, initially fled Montreal for Paris in the aftermath of the killing, prompting Interpol to issue an international alert. He was arrested in an internet cafe in Berlin on June 4, after being spotted reading about himself on the web.

An escort and occasional actor in the porn industry, Magnotta had been estranged from his Ontario family for years and was described to Ontario newspaper, the Peterborough Examiner, as “a ticking time bomb” by an anonymous relative.

“He’s a nut job. I did not trust him. I think he’s mentally ill. He has delusions of grandeur. He concocts stories that he tends to believe and they in turn become fact in his mind,” the relative said.

Lin’s parents, who arrived in Montreal earlier this month to meet with investigators and officials, had called for Magnotta’s quick extradition. The family said they were devastated by their only son’s murder, saying he had been their “pride and hope.”

Family and friends described Lin, who excelled in engineering and computer science at Concordia, as kind, compassionate and responsible.

AFP/The Local/jcw

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Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

A driver in Passau has been hit with a €5,000 fine because he was caught by traffic police giving the middle finger.

Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

The district court of Passau sentenced the 53-year-old motorist to the fine after he was caught making the rude gesture in the direction of the speedometer last August on the A3 near the Donautal Ost service area, reported German media. 

The man was not caught speeding, however. According to traffic police who were in the speed camera vehicle at the time, another driver who had overtaken the 53-year-old was over the speed limit. 

When analysing the photo, the officers discovered the slower driver’s middle finger gesture and filed a criminal complaint.

The driver initially filed an objection against a penalty order, and the case dragged on for several months. However, he then accepted the complaint. He was sentenced to 50 ‘unit fines’ of €100 on two counts of insulting behaviour, amounting to €5,000.

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In a letter to police, the man said he regretted the incident and apologised. 

Police said it was “not a petty offence”, and that the sentence could have been “even more drastic”.

People who give insults while driving can face a prison sentences of up to a year.

“Depending on the nature and manner of the incident or in the case of persons with a previous conviction, even a custodial sentence without parole may be considered for an insult,” police in Passau said. 

What does the law say?

Showing the middle finger to another road user in road traffic is an offence in Germany under Section 185 of the Criminal Code (StGB). It’s punishable by a prison sentence of up to one year or a fine.

People can file a complaint if someone shows them the middle finger in road traffic, but it usually only has a chance of success if witnesses can prove that it happened.

As well as the middle finger, it can also be an offence to verbally insult someone. 

READ ALSO: The German road signs that confuse foreigners

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