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Magnotta trial

Video shows Magnotta luring Lin to apartment, disposing of parts

Brian Daly. (Philippe-Olivier Contant/QMI Agency)

By Brian Daly, Postmedia Network

MONTREAL -- Luka Magnotta was caught on video calmly leading an animated Jun Lin" into his apartment building hours before Lin was murdered and cut to pieces.

Later, Magnotta is later seen wearing Lin's shirt while leaving the building.

ŽOther clips played Thursday at Magnotta's murder trial show him disposing of garbage bags and lugging away a heavy travel bag.

In several shots, Magnotta pauses at a large lobby mirror to run his fingers through his long, dark hair. At one point he does a half turn at the mirror to gaze at himself.

The surveillance videos were taken at his Montreal apartment from May 24-26, 2012. Lin was killed early on the 25th.

In the first video sequence from May 24 at 9:32 p.m., Lin is seen walking into Magnotta's lobby wearing a yellow T-shirt, shorts, and a black and white baseball cap while Magnotta trails him.

Magnotta, sporting a dark mullet and wearing a white T-shirt and jeans, opens a glass door to let Lin into the hallway towards apartment 208.

It was the last time the computer student and corner-store clerk from Wuhan, China, was seen alive.

Video from 2:06 a.m. on May 25, 2012, shows Magnotta leaving the building, wearing a yellow T-shirt identical to Lin's.

Nineteen hours later, at 9 p.m., the ex-porn actor from Toronto is seen carrying heavy garbage bags out of the west-end building.

Other shots show the defendant easily carrying a large travel bag into the lobby.

Later he's seen rolling out an identical travel bag, struggling at one point to carry it down the stairs and outside.

The janitor found Lin's torso in a large travel bag three days later.

Police found Lin's arms and legs in a pile of garbage outside, without hands and feet that had been cleanly severed.Ž

By that time Magnotta had fled to Europe.

Magnotta, 32, admits he killed Lin but argues he should be found not criminally responsible due to insanity.

The Crown counters that Magnotta planned the killing six months in advance, and then murdered and dismembered Lin in apartment 208.

The Crown says Magnotta mailed Lin's hands and feet to Liberal and Conservative offices in Ottawa and to two Vancouver schools.

Police computer technician Luc Savard testified Thursday that he processed surveillance video showing Magnotta at two Montreal postal outlets on May 25 and 26.

That's the day of, and the day after, the murder.

Earlier on Thursday, court heard recorded testimony from Magnotta's now-deceased building manager who described the maggot-ridden bag containing Lin's torso.

Eric Schorer's death on March 1 forced the Crown to play back his testimony from Magnotta's March 2013 preliminary hearing.

Schorer said he didn't think much of the bag in the alley until his janitor, Michael Nadeau, spoke to him on May 29, 2012.

"He came to me and said there was a suitcase outside and ... he said it was maggots and very smelly," Schorer told the earlier hearing.

Nadeau testified in person Thursday that he opened the bag's lock with pliers and "saw a neck, shoulders and the top of a torso and that was enough for us, we called 911 right away."

brian.daly@sunmedia.ca

WITNESSES AT THE MAGNOTTA MURDER TRIAL

Expected Crown witnesses (as per prosecutor Louis Bouthillier):

- Alex West, reporter, U.K. Sun: Crown says West received an e-mail from Magnotta six months before the murder, warning that Magnotta would kill a person and make a movie about it.

- Fen Ling, "Jun Lin's lover at the time of his death."

- A man who Magnotta lived with while on the lam in Berlin.

- Montreal police computer specialists who will analyze video files found on the camera used to film the dismemberment of Jun Lin's body.

 

Expected defence witnesses (as per defence lawyer Luc Leclair):

- Donald Newman, Magnotta's father. Leclair describes Newman as "schizophrenic" and "a bit of a mercurial person" who once brought Magnotta to a psychiatrist because he "thinks something is wrong with him."

- Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun columnist:

Interviewed Magnotta on camera in 2007. Magnotta had come to see Warmington to deny he was seeing schoolgirl killer Karla Homolka.

The defence says Warmington was concerned about Magnotta's behaviour and wanted to send Magnotta to the hospital because, according to the defence, "he thought there was something wrong with this guy but nothing was done."

- Possible testimony by some other members of Magnotta's family. Leclair mentioned a brother named Conrad and a sister named Melissa. "I'm crossing my fingers that someone will come."

- Dr. Tan, general practitioner, Montreal:

"Followed Magnotta through three different clinics" and "will testify ... about Mr. Magnotta hearing voices, feeling persecuted."

- Dr. Joel Paris, psychiatrist, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal:

Gave one-hour assessment of Magnotta in April 2012, one month before murder. Diagnosed Magnotta with borderline personality disorder but prescribed no medication.

- Dr. Renee Roy, psychiatrist, Pinel psychiatric institute, Montreal:

Magnotta's current treating psychiatrist.

- Romeo Salta, New York lawyer who communicated with Magnotta 18 months before the murder and says Magnotta claimed PETA was hunting him and that a man named "Manny" made him do things.

 

The following defence witnesses are among those who gave pre-recorded testimony in Europe during a "rogatory commission" in the summer:

- German psychiatrist who treated Magnotta in a Berlin jail following his arrest.

- A Paris police officer who testified that Magnotta was in Paris prior to the murder and complained to police "that two guys raped him and stole from him."

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