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Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur charged with murdering Sri Lankan man

17 April 2018
Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur charged with murdering Sri Lankan man

Accused serial killer Bruce McArthur has been charged with an eighth count of first-degree murder, the Crown announced Monday.

Idsinga said the remains were the seventh and final set found inside planters located at a home on Mallory Crescent.

Police allege Kanagaratnam, 37, was killed sometime between September 3 and December 14, 2015, but Idsinga would not elaborate on what brought them to that conclusion.

Kanagaratnam, Idsinga said, is the deceased man who appeared in a photograph released by Toronto police last month. He had no direct family in Canada and was never reported missing.

The identification was made possible with the help of an worldwide agency, the detective said, declining to provide further details.

Kanagaratnam, aged 37, arrived from Sri Lanka in 2010 and lived in Scarborough. Idsinga wouldn't say how police obtained the photo.

Homicide Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said Kanagaratnam doesn't quite fit the profile of the seven other alleged McArthur victims. Within days, they announced they had made an ID.

While police are still investigating a number of cold cases from between 1975 to 1997 in an attempt to see if any of them are connected to McArthur, police say they have no evidence so far linking him to any murder before 2010. McArthur, the source said, began to target men whom he had no links to and who fewer people would notice missing.

McArthur was previously charged in the murders of Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam and Abdulbasir Faizi. Police believe McArthur met his victims in the area and through dating apps.

February 13, 2018 _ Police say excavation at the home's backyard turned up no human remains, but suggest they may "revisit the scene" when the weather warms up.

Police have said that McArthur had some sort of relationship with each of his victims, some of which were sexual. Police have said he was never reported missing and unlike McArthur's other alleged victims, Kanagaratnam had no clear ties to the LGBTQ community.