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Jun Lin doppelganger seen on video with Magnotta a week before killing

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

By Brian Daly, Postmedia Network

MONTREAL - Luka Magnotta led a man who looked like Jun Lin into his apartment a week before Lin's killing and dismemberment, surveillance video shows.

The man, who walked unsteadily, was short, fit and dark-haired just like Lin, 33, who was killed in the same apartment May 25, 2012.

The security video was screened Monday at Magnotta's murder trial.

The Asian-looking man in the video wore dark clothing as Magnotta led him into the west Montreal building on May 18, 2012. Magnotta had to steady the man the following morning while escorting him out of the apartment, the video shows.

It's not clear if it's the same man who took part in a dress rehearsal for the videotaped dismemberment of Lin, a student from Wuhan, China.

The Crown previously said the first 53 seconds of a video posted to the Internet after Lin's killing shows a naked man, who is not Lin, tied to a bed.

The next nine minutes show Lin, also naked and in the same position on a bed, being dismembered, the Crown said.

Det.-Sgt. Claudette Hamlin, the first investigator on the scene, testified Monday that the identity of Magnotta's first guest remains a mystery.

"Unfortunately, we were never able to identify him despite searching Mr. Magnotta's cellphone registry records and his laptop," she said while analyzing the video.

The Crown says the camera used to film the graphic acts was found in the trash next to Lin's bagged body parts.

Magnotta, 32, admits to killing Lin but wants a jury to find him not criminally responsible.

The Toronto-born former porn actor says he has a long history of schizophrenia.

The Crown"Ž counters that Magnotta planned the murder six months in advance.

While he has claimed insanity, Magnotta is not contesting the indictment, a fact that was reinforced Monday when his own lawyer had the police investigator dissect video of Magnotta fleeing to Europe.

Magnotta, wearing a dark wig and clutching a travel bag, could be seen leaving his apartment for the last time at 5:14 p.m. on May 26, the day after the murder.

Video showed him checking his bags at Montreal's Trudeau Airport"Ž later that evening.

Dozens of security cameras captured Magnotta casually walking through the terminal and later making his way to the gate where he boarded an Air Transat flight to Paris.

He appeared to be wearing the same long, dark wig he had sported at his apartment when security video had shown him putting items in the trash"Ž the day of the murder.

At one point defence lawyer Luc Leclair donned white gloves and held a scruffy brown wig up to the eight-woman, six-man jury.

Court heard that the wig cost $1,700.

The court, also at the behest of the defence, saw more clips"Ž that showed Magnotta arriving at an Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris on May 27.

Other video showed him outside the Novotel Hotel"Ž in Paris, taking a bag out of a small white taxi and entering the building.

The court heard last week that Magnotta fled to Paris and then Berlin, where he was arrested in an Internet cafe.

Magnotta placed calls to Peterborough, Ont., morning of killing, trial hears

Luka Magnotta called a number in Peterborough, Ont., four times in the hours after his admitted killing of Chinese student Jun Lin, his murder trial heard Monday.

All of the calls were to a 705 number that corresponds to the city northeast of Toronto where media have reported that relatives of Magnotta lived at the time of the May 25, 2012, killing.

The first three calls at 6:47, 7:17 and 7:39 a.m. don't seem to have connected, lasting just five seconds each.

The fourth call, at 7:22 a.m., lasted three minutes, 26 seconds, the trial was told.

Montreal police Det.-Sgt Claudette Hamlin read the phone logs under cross-examination by Magnotta's lawyer, Luc Leclair.

He's trying to persuade a jury that Magnotta was mentally ill"Ž and unable to form criminal intent in the killing and dismemberment of Lin in Magnotta's Montreal apartment.

Hamlin also read out logs for six other calls to the same Peterborough number between March 6 and March 12, 2012, a little over two months before the murder.

Three of the March 2012 calls lasted between 10 and 27 minutes"Ž.

Court heard that all of the calls to Peterborough were placed from a phone with a 438 area code, which corresponds"Ž with Montreal.

The police investigator said Magnotta changed cellphones several times in the six months leading up to the murder.

"ŽHe also changed phones after the slaying, Hamlin added.

 

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