Sunday 25 February 2018

Body parts sent to two Vancouver schools thought to be linked to killing of Chinese student

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, Canadian police have said.

The development came as the Canadian porn actor suspected in the case awaited extradition after his arrest in Germany.

Montreal police commander Ian Lafreniere said his department is taking over the Vancouver investigation after packages were found at the two schools. One contained what appeared to be a human hand, and the other a human foot.

Mr Lafreniere said: "We have all the reasons to believe they are linked because they were shipped from Montreal. The DNA match will confirm this."

The suspect in the killing of Jun Lin - Luka Rocco Magnotta - was arrested in Berlin on Monday and is expected to be extradited. He could be back in Canada by the end of the week.

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.

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 would not fight extradition.

The Germans are waiting for Canada's formal extradition request, Martin Steltner, a spokesman for Berlin prosecutors, said. The Canadian Embassy in Berlin declined to comment on when Ottawa may file the official papers.

After the request arrives, 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.

In Vancouver, deputy police chief Warren Lemcke said a package containing what appeared to be a human hand was opened by staff at False Creek Elementary School yesterday. Another package containing what appeared to be a human foot was found by staff at St George's private school for boys later in the day.

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