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Canadian porn star killer who fled to Berlin jailed

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Canadian porn star killer who fled to Berlin jailed
The interpol international arrest warrant for Magnotta
08:46 CET+01:00
A Canadian killer who sparked an international manhunt after filming himself dismembering his victim before finally being cornered in a Berlin internet café has been found guilty of murder and jailed for life.

Luka Magnotta filmed himself killing and dismembering Jun Lin in Montreal in 2012. As well as possibly eating body parts, he sent some of the dismembered limbs to political parties in Canada, before fleeing first to France and then Germany.

He was caught by police in an internet café in the Neukölln district, after the owner recognised Magnotta, 32, reading articles about his crime online.

Magnotta had pleaded guilty to the crime but his lawyers had argued that he was suffering from schizophrenia, and thus had diminished responsibility for his actions.

However, on December 23 a court in Montreal found him guilty of the murder of Lin, a Chinese engineering student, and further counts of committing an indignity on a human body, publish and mailing obscene material, and criminally harassing Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper and other politicians to whom he sent body parts.

Magnotta is now beginning a life sentence with at least 25 years without the possibility of parole.

Lin was last seen on May 24, 2012. The next day, Magnotta – who has previously worked as a gay porn actor – uploaded a video online entitled “1 Lunatic, 1 Ice Pick”, showing his victim being stabbed to death, before committing an act of necrophilia and dismembering body parts.

Later that week a foot of the victim arrived at the national headquarters of the Canadian Conservative party, with another body part arriving at the Liberal Party HQ.

Similar gory parcels were also sent to local schools.

Magnotta – a stage name he assumed instead of his real name of Eric Newman during his career in gay porn – then fled, first to Paris, and then by coach to Berlin, sparking a huge Interpol police search.

The internet cafe were Magnotta was arrested in June 2012 Photo: DPA

He was captured in an internet café in the trendy but scruffy Neukölln district on June 4, 2012.

Jurors in the court in Quebec found him guilty after eight days deliberation on December 23, 2014.

Lin’s father was in court to hear the verdict. Magnotta refused to testify during the trial.

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