SHARE
COPY LINK

CRIME

Canadian porn star killer who fled to Berlin jailed

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.

Canadian porn star killer who fled to Berlin jailed
The interpol international arrest warrant for Magnotta

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.

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.

CRIME

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

SHOW COMMENTS