Toronto police to announce 7th murder charge against Bruce McArthur

Glen Norman
April 12, 2018

In this artist's sketch, alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur makes an appearance via video in a Toronto courtroom on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

But the 66-year-old seemed a shell of his former self as he appeared via video in a College Park courtroom on Wednesday to have a seventh count of first-degree murder officially laid against him.

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.

Police have said they've recovered the remains of seven people from planter pots around a home in midtown Toronto where McArthur worked and stored his equipment.

McArthur has been charged with killing the three men, as well as Selim Esen, 44, Majeed Kayhan, 58, and Dean Lisowick, 43 or 44. Later that month, McArthur was charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Kayhan, Mahmudi and Lisowick.

McArthur was also charged in the death of Skandaraj Navaratnam in February.

Kayhan's remains have not been identified thus far, Idsinga said.

Police also released an enhanced version of a photograph of a dead man they are trying to identify.

Police are also waiting for warmer weather to investigate other properties associated with McArthur, Idsinga said.

Faizi's auto was found a short distance from the house McArthur used as storage. They said they had identified three sets of remains belonging to Andrew Kinsman, Soroush Mahmudi, and Navaratnam.

Idsinga said it's quite possible that the victim was not a resident of Toronto and that police were hoping to get tips to the man's identity from other countries as well.

The city's police board has also approved an external review, requested by Mayor John Tory, that will look into how the force handled the cases of men missing from the gay village. The two middle-aged men were reported missing in 2017.

In the three months since Bruce McArthur's arrest as a suspected serial killer, photos of the jovial-looking, husky landscaper have been splashed in the media.

The following year, McArthur is alleged to have killed Kinsman and Esen; police allege he killed Lisowick between April 2016 and March 2017. McArthur was interviewed by police during that project but it was closed in 2014.

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