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Sunday 22 October 2017

New twist to cannibal case as school gets body parts in post

Rob Gillies in Toronto

Body parts mailed to two Vancouver schools were sent from Montreal and are thought to be linked to the killing and dismemberment of a Chinese student there, police said yesterday.

Montreal Police Commander Ian Lafreniere said they were taking over the Vancouver investigation after packages were found on Tuesday at the two schools. One contained what appeared to be a right hand. The other contained what looked like a right foot.

"They were the same limbs we were looking for," Mr Lafreniere said. They also were shipped from Montreal, where the killing occurred.

DNA tests will be conducted to determine if there is a match, Mr Lafreniere said.

The suspect in the death of Jun Lin, 29-year-old Luka Rocco Magnotta, was arrested in Berlin on Monday and is expected to be extradited. If he does not fight extradition, it is possible he could be back in Canada by the end of the week.

Investigators in Canada say Mr Magnotta videotaped the killing and dismemberment in his apartment, and posted it online. The video also shows the suspect eating parts of the body, police said.

The case began last week when body parts were mailed to the headquarters of Canada's Liberal and Conservative parties. A torso was found in a suitcase on a garbage dump in Montreal, outside Magnotta's apartment building. Lin's head is still missing.

Mr Magnotta (29) was caught at an internet cafe in Berlin after evading police for days while he partied in Paris. He has told German authorities he will not fight extradition.

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German authorities are waiting on Canada's formal extradition request, Martin Steltner, a spokesman for Berlin prosecutors, said yesterday.

The Canadian Embassy in Berlin declined to comment on when Ottawa may file the official papers seeking extradition.

After the request arrives, Mr Magnotta will officially have to tell the court whether he objects to the request. If he does, it could drag out the process, Mr Steltner said.

Mr Magnotta arrived in Berlin last Saturday on a bus from Paris and stayed with a friend, or someone he met on the internet, for two nights before he was captured, Mr Steltner said.

Investigators in Germany were looking for more information on the person.

In Vancouver, police said staff at False Creek Elementary School opened a package containing a hand. Another package containing a foot was discovered by staff at St George's private school for boys.

Lin's parents, meanwhile, arrived in Montreal from China late on Tuesday and were to meet with investigators yesterday.

Commander Denis Mainville, the head investigator of the Montreal police major crimes unit, said investigators would review hundreds of homicide cases over the last 30 years throughout Quebec for any possible links to Mr Magnotta.

Such a review was routine in such cases, he said.

Meanwhile, DNA tests have confirmed that the body parts mailed to the political parties were Lin's remains, police said, and that they have footage of Mr Magnotta mailing the two parcels that were sent to Ottawa.

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