Wednesday 18 October 2017

Prosecutors say 'killer porn star' to be sent home in week

David Usborne in Montreal

A decision on the extradition of a Canadian porn actor suspected of the grisly killing and dismemberment of a Chinese student could be made within days, German prosecutors said last night.

Berlin prosecution spokesman Martin Steltner said his office has asked a court to transfer 29-year-old Luka Rocco Magnotta into pre-extradition custody.

Mr Steltner said the decision is expected to take a "few days".

Magnotta's extradition could take longer if he chooses to contest the decision. The German government must also sign off on the extradition which is largely considered a formality.

Magnotta, who was arrested in Berlin on Monday following an international manhunt, is suspected of killing and dismembering student Jun Lin before sending some of his body parts to Canadian parties and schools.

Meanwhile, as the man they call the "Canadian Psycho" sits in a Berlin jail awaiting extradition for the sickening murder, a portrait is emerging of the victim -- an assiduous, self-deprecating student who had travelled from China to discover new horizons.

"I'm going to Canada!" Jun Lin (33) wrote on his blog as he prepared last July to leave Wuhan in central China to enroll at Concordia University, Montreal, to study engineering and computer science.

There, he would fret about eating bread and butter breakfasts -- "I'm so fat" -- and being older than his fellow students: "They call me uncle, it's so crushing." He was never late for work at a corner shop and adopted a tabby cat.

Now his family has arrived in Montreal to take Mr Jun's remains home.

Magnotta, a former gay-porn star, is suspected not just of killing him, but also of eating some of his flesh and posting a video on the internet which, police say, shows the naked victim being stabbed with an icepick and dismembered.

Mr Jun's torso was found in a suitcase nearly two weeks ago outside the Montreal apartment where Mr Magnotta was living before he fled to Berlin.

A foot and a hand arrived in the post at the offices of Canada's main political parties. Police suspect another hand and foot that turned up at two schools in Vancouver this week may also be from the victim. They are waiting for the head.

What they have of Mr Jun, the police are keeping for evidence. The family must wait and grieve. They are being looked after by the Concordia Chinese Students Association.

"The entire scene was heartbreaking," its president, Yan Shi, told The Canadian Press news agency. "Lin's mother was very emotional. She was crying the entire time. We didn't understand a word she was saying. She was barely walking. We had to help her."

A fund has been set up to help defray the costs of the family's stay in Montreal. Small shrines have popped up in the city. Flowers lie outside the shop where Mr Jun worked.

How the paths of Mr Jun and Mr Magnotta crossed is not known. The police have intimated that the two men were dating, but nothing has been found to confirm that. His friends are perplexed.

"I don't know under what circumstances they knew each other, but for someone to target him, I never would have thought this," Zoya De Frias Lakhany, a fellow student, said. Her friend said: "He would take pictures of the snow and post them. He was sweet, never complained and smiled all the time."

Mr Yan, though he never met Mr Jun, would agree. "The more I know about him, the more he seems to be a very nice guy," he said. "He just doesn't deserve this kind of fate. It's so cruel." (©Independent News Service)

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