Canada dismemberment trial shown video of fatal meeting

Surveillance video is released from the apartment building where Canadian Luke Magnotta is accused of killing and dismembering Chinese exchange student Jun Lin in 2012. Video: Reuters

Images of a Canadian man holding a door for a Chinese student who was later dismembered were released by a Canadian court on Monday (October 6), 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.

The footage was shown to a jury last Thursday (October 2).

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 plastic bags and a grey suitcase.

The prosecutor in the case says Magnotta planned the killing for at least six months before the crime was committed, and that he emailed a British journalist in 2011 saying he planned to kill a human being and videotape the act.

A publication ban imposed by the court at a preliminary hearing has barred media from reporting certain details of the case. Explicit details were publicised during the international search to capture Magnotta, but cannot be repeated until they are presented at trial.

The killing of Lin shocked Canadians and grabbed headlines around the world. Magnotta was the subject of an international manhunt. He was arrested in an Internet cafe in Berlin, where he was reading about himself.

 

Reuters

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