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Man who killed Chinese lover and mailed his body parts to schools and political parties joins matchmaking website for inmates

Published 30/06/2015 | 07:47

Luka Rocco Magnotta (left) is accused of killing Chinese student Jun Lin. Photo: Reuters
Luka Rocco Magnotta (left) is accused of killing Chinese student Jun Lin. Photo: Reuters
Rocco Luka Magnotta was found guilty of first-degree murder on December 23, in a case in which a Chinese student was killed and dismembered in Montreal in 2012 (REUTERS/Montreal Police)
Luka Magnotta is serving a life sentence with possible parole after 25 years
Luka Magnotta was convicted of first-degree murder (AP/Montreal Police Service via The Canadian Press)
Diran Lin, father of Jun Lin, leaves the Montreal Courthouse following the murder trial for Luka Magnotta, yesterday, where a jury found Magnotta guilty of killing and dismembering Jun Lin, his Chinese lover, and mailing the body parts to schools and political parties around the country (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

A Canadian man sentenced to life in prison for killing and dismembering his Chinese lover and mailing his body parts to schools and political parties has joined a matchmaking website for inmates.

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Luka Magnotta's profile was posted on Canadian Inmates Connect, a website that tries to hook up lonesome convicts - some behind bars for violent offences like first-degree murder - with potential companions on the outside.

The profile features two photos of the former stripper and prostitute, who was convicted in December of first-degree murder for the killing and dismemberment of university student Jun Lin in Montreal.

In both images, Magnotta is wearing an unbuttoned white dress shirt.

Luka Magnotta is serving a life sentence with possible parole after 25 years
Luka Magnotta is serving a life sentence with possible parole after 25 years

Magnotta is serving a life sentence with possible parole after 25 years.

The case shocked Canadians and gained international notoriety when body parts arrived at the offices of Canada's biggest political parties, and a video appeared online that prosecutors said showed Magnotta stabbing and having sex with the dismembered corpse.

Diran Lin, father of Jun Lin, leaves the Montreal Courthouse following the murder trial for Luka Magnotta, yesterday, where a jury found Magnotta guilty of killing and dismembering Jun Lin, his Chinese lover, and mailing the body parts to schools and political parties around the country (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)
Diran Lin, father of Jun Lin, leaves the Montreal Courthouse following the murder trial for Luka Magnotta, yesterday, where a jury found Magnotta guilty of killing and dismembering Jun Lin, his Chinese lover, and mailing the body parts to schools and political parties around the country (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

In May 2012, a package containing a severed foot was found at the headquarters of Canada's ruling Conservative Party. The same day, a hand was discovered at a postal facility in a package addressed to the Liberal Party of Canada.

Mr Lin's torso was found in a suitcase at a rubbish dump outside Magnotta's apartment building in Montreal. About a week later, the missing foot and hand were found, mailed to two schools in Vancouver.

Magnotta was arrested in Berlin after an international manhunt.

Magnotta's profile lists his expected release date as 2037, and adds: "Only those I deem compatible will receive a response."

Melissa Fazzina, who created the site about four and half years ago, said Magnotta sent the information to her through a contact. The application and 35 dollar (£22) fee arrived by regular mail about 10 days ago. Convicts do not have internet access.

"I was taken aback," Ms Fazzina said of seeing Magnotta's name on the application.

She said she is bracing for a backlash against her decision to accept his application.

Magnotta's ad does not mention his specific conviction, and Ms Fazzina recommends users proceed with caution.

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