Monday 22 January 2018

Porn star who 'chopped up lover' captured as he read about case

Luka Rocco Magnotta: held
Luka Rocco Magnotta: held

Bettina Borgfeld in Berlin

A Canadian porn star suspected of murdering and dismembering his Chinese boyfriend, then posting a video of the crime online, was arrested in an internet cafe in Berlin yesterday after an international manhunt.

Luka Rocco Magnotta (29), who faces first-degree murder charges, was captured as he read newspaper reports of his crime on the internet.

The owner of the cafe, Kadir Anlayisli, said: "I wasn't sure if it was him but then I looked at some pictures and thought, that is definitely him. He spoke French, said 'monsieur' and wanted to use the internet."

He said the police happened to be outside at the time, and when they were alerted they arrested Mr Magnotta.

Seven officers entered the cafe and confronted Mr Magnotta. "He tried at first giving fake names but in the end he just said: 'you got me,'" he said. "He didn't resist."

Mr Magnotta is wanted by Canadian authorities on a first-degree murder charge. He is suspected of killing Jun Lin -- a 33-year-old Chinese university student he dated -- and mailing Lin's body parts to Canadian political parties.

In a crime scene Montreal police described as the worst they had seen, his apartment included a bloody mattress and pools of blood on the floor and in the refrigerator.

The police said a janitor found a torso with no head or limbs in a suitcase in an alley behind the building.

Authorities believe that a decomposing foot mailed to the headquarters of the governing Conservative Party in Ottawa on Tuesday and a hand found inside a package at a postal depot are parts of the same person.

Mr Magnotta is believed to have entered France on May 26, and French police had been investigating thousands of reported sightings.

They alerted German police this morning that he was headed for Berlin on a Eurolines coach, a French police source said.

"He should have known that there are identity checks when you travel by coach," the source said.

The 29-year-old has left a bizarre internet trail as an alleged kitten-killer and bisexual porn star.

Irish Independent

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