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Bruce McArthur's next court appearance on May 23

Last Updated Apr 25, 2018 at 10:43 am EDT

Bruce McArthur, of Toronto, is shown in this image posted to his social media page. Multiple media outlets report that Toronto police had interviewed and released an alleged serial killer years before he was arrested. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Handout/Facebook

Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur is expected to make another court appearance via video on May 23.

The 66-year-old landscaper, who is currently charged with eight counts of first-degree murder, made a brief appearance in court on Wednesday.

Crown Michael Cantlon told the court his office would have more evidence to turn over to the defence before the next court appearance.

McArthur, appearing in court by video from a Toronto jail, was unshaven and dressed in an orange jumpsuit, his white hair cropped close to his head.

He said his name for the court and thanked the justice of the peace at the end of proceedings.

McArthur was most recently charged in the death of Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, who moved to Canada from Sri Lanka in 2010.

Police said Kanagaratnam’s remains were identified as one of seven sets found inside planters at a home on Mallory Crescent where McArthur had worked as a landscaper.

McArthur was arrested in January and charged with the murders of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen, who went missing from Toronto’s gay village in 2017. Later that month, McArthur was charged with the murders of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, and Dean Lisowick. In February, he was charged in the death of Skandaraj Navaratnam.

Earlier this month, police added a seventh charge of first-degree murder in the death of 42-year-old Abdulbasir Faizi, who disappeared from the village in 2010.


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