Canada: Bruce McArthur charged with sixth first-degree murder

Toronto police charged alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur with a sixth first-degree murder on Friday after identifying the skeletal remains of a man missing from Toronto’s Gay Village since 2010. 

Homicide Det. Sgt Hank Idsinga expected to lay more charges since early February when a probe of an east-end house where McArthur worked as a landscaper and stored his equipment led to the discovery of the body parts of six people buried in planters. At the time, Idsinga only identified one set of body parts — those of Andrew Kinsman. 

But at a press conference Friday, Idsinga said the analysis of dental records allowed police to identify Skandaraj Navaratnam as McArthur’s sixth alleged victim. Navaratnam, 40, was reported missing in 2010 after last being seen leaving the now-defunct Zipperz nightclub in the heart of Toronto’s Gay Village. Navaratnam’s disappearance is now the earliest to be linked to McArthur. His disappearance was the first in a series of high-profile missing persons cases from the Village. Police created a special task force called Project Houston after Majeed Kayhan and Abdulbasir Faizi went missing from the neighbourhood in 2012. At the time, police said all three cases were linked but shut down the task force due to a lack of evidence.  Read more via National Post