Case Study: The Killinging And Dismemberment Of Jun Lin

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There are many murder cases that have happened in Canada’s past; one of which is the killing and dismemberment of Jun Lin. Lin was a Chinese engineer student who was studying in Montreal before his death between the night of May 24th and the early morning of May 25th, 2012. Luka Magnotta, “a self-styled playboy, male escort and porn actor,” was found guilty of killing Lin, and received four other charges along with his sentence after a lengthy trial. Magnotta was argued to have suffered a mental illness at the time of the killing, but the mental illness defence was rejected. Magnotta has a life sentence for first degree murder with no chance of parole for 25 years, as well as four other charges: committing indignity to a body, distribution …show more content…
In 2012, Magnotta was diagnosed with a personality disorder, about a month before Lin was seen going into his apartment and never came back out. Magnotta however, was seen disposing of materials, which included some of Lin’s body. On May 26th a Montana Lawyer saw a video of Lin being stabbed and dismembered though was deemed fake, and Magnotta headed to Paris France via flight. A couple of days later, Lin was reported missing. A janitor also finds a dismembered torso in a suitcase in the trash can and calls the police. On that same day, a hand was discovered in the Canada Post warehouse; its destination was for the Liberal Party, and the Conservative Party received a foot the next day. Magnotta was the prime suspect and was issued a warrant on May 30th. The video Magnotta posted was confirmed by the police on May 31st as real. Magnotta had boarded a bus from Paris to Berlin later that night and arrived on June 1st. It was not until June 4th when Magnotta was arrested in an internet café by German police. On June 5th, Two Vancouver schools received human remains; one a foot, the other a hand. Magnotta is observed by a psychiatrist who is convinced he is in a psychotic state on June 11th. On June 13th, testing is done to confirm that the body parts belonged to Lin. Magnotta arrives in Montreal on June 18th, and pleads not guilty with the …show more content…
In February, witness testimony was allowed to be gathered from France and Germany, which was granted by Justice Guy Cournoyer, and later in July, he “…rules out blanket publication ban on trial evidence”. On September 9th, after eight days of selection, a jury is picked out for the trial. On September 29th, Magnotta admits to slaying Lin, but intends to be proven not criminally responsible because of mental defect. On December 16th, deliberations from the jury begins, and on December 23rd, they charge Magnotta with five charges; first degree murder, committing indignity to a body, distribution of obscene materials, transmitting obscene material through mail, and criminal harassment (The Canadian Press,

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