US & Canada

Luka Magnotta: Canada porn actor jailed for Jun Lin murder

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionLaura Westbrook reports: "The court's decision means the 32 year-old... will be heading to prison rather than a psychiatric hospital"

A Canadian porn actor has been jailed for at least 25 years for murder after killing and dismembering his lover in 2012.

Jurors in Montreal rejected Luka Magnotta's defence that mental illness meant he was not responsible.

Magnotta, now 32, had earlier admitted killing 33-year-old student Jun Lin before his body parts were posted to political parties and schools.

Magnotta was later arrested in a cybercafe in Berlin, Germany.

Before his arrest, French police said he had flown to Paris from Montreal.

Investigators have said a video posted online, in which a man apparently uses an ice pick to kill another man, is believed to show Jun Lin's murder.

Headless torso

After eight days of deliberations by the jury, Magnotta was sentenced to life, with the chance of parole only after 25 years.

He was also convicted on four related charges of criminally harassing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other members of parliament, mailing obscene and indecent material, committing an indignity to a body, and publishing obscene materials.

He was impassive in court as the verdict was read and when the sentence was delivered.

The defence had said that Magnotta was a schizophrenic and therefore could not be held criminally responsible.

But the prosecution had successfully argued that the murder in May 2012 was both planned and deliberate.

Mr Lin's headless torso was found behind the block of flats where the bisexual porn actor lived.

Severed limbs, also confirmed to be the Chinese student's, were sent to political parties in Ottawa - including Mr Harper's Conservative Party - and to two schools in Vancouver.

The case sent shockwaves across Canada and gained international notoriety.

Related Topics

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites