Wednesday 17 January 2018

Boyfriend witnesses partner's attack on webcam

Rob Gillies in Toronto

CANADIAN police are yet to ascertain what caused the death of a 23-year-old Chinese student , who was was studying at York University in Toronto.

Liu Qian was last seen on a webcam by her boyfriend in China. Her father, Liu Jianhui, said his daughter's boyfriend, Meng Xianchao, witnessed the attack.

Police said the body of Ms Liu was found on Friday in her apartment, a few hours after the attack. She was naked from the waist down and there were no obvious signs of sexual assault or trauma that would have led to her death.

A post-mortem also failed to show the cause of death and it could be weeks before the results of toxicology tests are known.

Police sergent Frank Skubic said the death has yet to be officially classified as a homicide, although police were investigating it as such.

The student was chatting with her boyfriend by webcam at 1am last Friday when a man knocked on the door, police said.

Sgt Skubic said it was not clear if Ms Liu knew her attacker. He said a former roommate was interviewed as a person of interest, but he declined to call the man a suspect.

Skubic said she lived alone and had been at York since last September


The woman's boyfriend reported seeing a struggle break out between the two before her webcam was shut off. He contacted other friends in Toronto, who subsequently called the police.

Sgt Skubic said Ms Liu's laptop computer, webcam and mobile phone are missing. He also said the online chat was a live streaming camera and was not recorded, though investigators were trying to figure out if there was any way they could recover it.

Ms Liu's father said: "After hearing the news about Liu Qian, our family and friends were all very worried. But we were praying for the possibility that the victim was a different person with the same name. . . soon we found that we could no longer reach my daughter. Then the Canadian police made it quite clear that it was indeed my daughter."

Mr Liu is research director of Communist Party history at the Party School of the Central Committee of CPC, which trains party officials.

York University President Mamdouh Shoukri said in a statement: "Our entire community mourns the loss of a promising young student."

Irish Independent

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