Serial killer Bruce McArthur was sentenced to 25 years in prison, and will be eligible to apply for parole after that.
When police stormed the killer's apartment in January 2018, they found a young man bound to a bed but unharmed who may well have become the ninth victim, the judge said.
The Crown is seeking a life sentence with no chance of parole for 50 years.
"It is my hope that he will never again know freedom and that this sentence begins the hard journey of delivering justice to the victims of these crimes, their friends and families, our LGBTQ community, and our entire city", Tory said.
Parole eligibility was the only question for McMahon to settle as first-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence, and the judge said McArthur's age and guilty plea were factors in his decision.
But as his court case came to a close, the motivation of McArthur, a 67-year-old landscaper, remained unknown. This case has resulted in a strained relationship between the Toronto Police Department and a local LGBTQ community that doesn't understand what took almost a decade to get this gay serial killer off the streets.
He said the men suffered a "slow and painful death" for the "sexual gratification" of McArthur.
But in his reasons for sentence, McMahon carefully explained that judges aren't in the business of symbolism - they're constrained by the law.
"It's not a mandatory minimum (sentence), it's not something that is dictated to the courts, the judge still has the discretion to level the parole-ineligibility period at the time of sentencing", Bezan said. "Many met or corresponded with Mr McArthur through dating apps", said Cantlon.
"There is a fine line between retribution, which is an appropriate sentencing principle, and vengeance", McMahon said.
"I am convinced because of your team's work you not only brought McArthur to justice... you saved the life of a man referred to as John".
"The accused exploited his victims' vulnerabilities, whether they involved immigration concerns, mental health challenges, or people living a secretive double life. What makes this particular case unique was that there was a serial killer". He added that McArthur's admission of guilt was a mitigating factor in the sentence.
He also took the time to commend the police investigation that brought McArthur to justice, a pointed statement at a time that the police department is under scrutiny for how it handled the early stages of the investigations into some of the victims.
He was Canada's gay serial killer, a man who left the local LGBTQ community shaken and fearful for their lives, having viciously murdered eight men - most of whom were men of South Asian or Middle Eastern descent - between the years of 2010-2017.
"The trial with a jury would have had to hear months of very graphic and disturbing evidence". David Dickinson said, "It has spared the community and those who knew the victims a lengthy trial". "I have no doubt some, if not all of the jury and court staff, would be in need of counselling at the end of the day to deal with it". "The second factor is the age of accused when he could apply for parole". "There is a sense of 'it could have been me, it could have been any of us, '" Dudley said.
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