Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur faces seventh charge of first-degree murder

12 April, 2018, 00:46 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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Accused Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur has been charged with a seventh count of first-degree murder, as police announced that the remains of three of his alleged victims have now been identified.

Idsinga says the remains of alleged victim Majeed Kayhan have not been identified.

The 66-year-old landscaper appeared by video in a Toronto courtroom this morning where the Crown said the new first-degree murder charge had been laid in the death of Abdulbasir Faizi.

McArthur was initially charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Selim Esen, 44, and Andrew Kinsman, 49, when he was arrested on January 18 - a day after Toronto Police found human remains buried in planters at a home on Mallory Cr. where he allegedly stored landscaping equipment.

Idsinga said the sprawling investigation is now scrutinizing 15 unsolved homicides that took place between 1975 and 1997. "It didn't make sense that police had this theory that he ran away", she said.

In all, police have seized more than 20 planters from various properties across the city and may soon excavate the lawns of several homes where McArthur did landscaping work in hopes of recovering potential evidence.

He is also accused of killing Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Soroush Mahmudi and Dean Lisowick.

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However, police are still trying to identify a deceased man after they released a graphic image of him last month.

Police believe Faizi knew McArthur prior to his death.

Police previously seized planters from houses McArthur worked at from around Toronto but found no remains in those planters.

Bruce McArthur, right, is now facing a murder charge in relation to the death of Abdulbasir Faizi, left.

"We've quite frankly never seen anything like it", Idsinga said.

Since his arrest, questions have been mounting about past interactions between McArthur and police, following revelations that police questioned him in 2016 in connection to an alleged assault on another man but was let go. He was reported missing to Peel Region police the next day.

Idsinga said Faisi, who was 42 when he disappeared on December 29, 2010, was one of the three men whose disappearances were linked through Project Houston, a task force launched by Toronto police in 2012, to look into the disappearances of the three men from Toronto's Gay Village. "I think it's easily set the record for a forensic examination of an apartment".

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