Monday 23 October 2017

Porn star murder suspect will not fight extradition

Elisa Oddone in Berlin

A Canadian man wanted in his homeland on suspicion of killing and dismembering a student, then posting a video of the crime online, says he will not fight extradition from Germany, where he was arrested, German authorities said yesterday.

Police arrested porn actor Luka Rocco Magnotta (29) in a Berlin internet cafe on Monday. He faces first-degree murder charges in Canada over the killing of Chinese student Jun Lin (32) in Montreal.

"He made no objections to being extradited to Canada," said Martin Steltner, a spokesman for the Berlin prosecutor, referring to Mr Magnotta's appearance before a judge.

Mr Steltner said the extradition order could be completed in the next few days and Mr Magnotta, born as Eric Clinton Newman in Scarborough, Ontario, could then be put on a plane to Canada after German government approval of the order.

Montreal police said the video showed the killer eating part of the body, but they gave no details, saying they first had to establish without doubt the footage was of Lin's murder.

"We believe it is (authentic), but now we've got to prove it," Montreal police spokes- man Ian Lafreiniere said.

He said police had sifted through a truckload of debris from behind Mr Magnotta's apartment, where a janitor found the torso of Mr Lin's dismembered body in an abandoned suitcase.

Mr Magnotta is also alleged to have mailed a foot and a hand to political parties in the Canadian capital Ottawa.

Irish Independent

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