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Details of murders revealed at Bruce McArthur sentencing hearing

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Defence lawyer James Miglin, left to right, Justice John McMahon, court registrar, Bruce McArthur, Crown Attorney Michael Cantlon, Detective Hank Idsinga, and friends and family of victims, back right, are shown in this court sketch in Toronto on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alexandra Newbould

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More details about the gruesome killings of eight men connected to Toronto’s gay village were revealed Monday, at the sentencing hearing of serial killer Bruce McArthur.

Over the next three days, the court will hear victim impact statements and more details on the murders.

Last week, McArthur pleaded guilty to all eight counts of first-degree murder.

A statement of facts released last week showed that six of the eight killings were sexual in nature.

McArthur had admitted to sexually assaulted and forcibly confined many of his victims before murdering them.

It also detailed McArthur’s premeditated plans to murder each man — starting in September 2010 with the death of Skandaraj “Skanda” Navaratnam and ending in 2017 with Andrew Kinsman.

Reporters Adrian Ghobrial and Momin Qureshi will be at the hearing. Follow along with their updates below.

Police found victims’ belongings in McArthur’s apartment, including a bracelet, jewelry and a notebook.

They also found a duffel bag containing duct tape, a surgical glove, rope, zip ties, a bungee cord and syringes in McArthur’s bedroom along with the DNA of several victims inside his van.

Body parts of all eight men were found at a home on Mallory Crescent, where McArthur worked as a landscaper. The body parts were found in planters in the back of the property, as well as in a compost pile located near a ravine.

Police arrested McArthur a year ago and eventually charged him in the deaths of Kinsman, Navaratnam, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Abdulbasir Faizi, and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.

Files from The Canadian Press were used in this report

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