The Canadian porn actor accused of the grisly killing and dismemberment of a Chinese student in Montreal last month, was extradited from Germany to Canada Monday in a case that has sent shock waves through several countries.
“Luka Rocco Magnotta was removed from Berlin by a Canadian military transport in the custody of” the Montreal police (SPVM), Canadian Attorney General Rob Nicholson announced.
“Our government worked closely with the SPVM (Montreal police), the Quebec Prosecution Service and German officials in order to obtain Mr. Magnotta’s extradition from Germany and timely removal to Canada,” Nicholson added.
Police believe 29-year-old Magnotta, described by the media as the “Canadian psycho,” used an ice pick to stab Lin Jun — a Chinese student at Montreal’s Concordia University — sometime between May 24-25.
The suspect is thought to have then carved up the victim’s body and filmed the act. A video that police believe shows the killing, dismemberment and sexual interference with the corpse, was posted on the Internet.
Police in Montreal were galvanized on May 29 when Lin’s torso was discovered in a suitcase by the trash outside an apartment on a busy highway.
The victim’s hand and a foot were sent, meanwhile, to federal Conservative and Liberal parties in Ottawa through Canada Post. And a severed foot and hand that belonged to Lin were delivered to two schools in Vancouver. Lin’s head is still missing.
Magnotta initially fled Montreal for Paris in the killing’s immediate aftermath, prompting Interpol to issue an international alert. He was arrested in a cyber cafe in Berlin on June 4, after being spotted reading about himself on the Internet.
Officials here say Toronto-born Magnotta will face charges of first degree murder, committing indignities to a body and publishing obscene material.
An escort and occasional actor in the porn industry, Magnotta had been estranged from his Ontario family for years. An anonymous relative who had known Magnotta since childhood told the Peterborough Examiner, an Ontario newspaper, that Magnotta was “a ticking time bomb.”
“He’s a nut job. I did not trust him. I think he’s mentally ill. He has delusions of grandeur. He concocts stories that he tends to believe and they in turn become fact in his mind,” the relative said.
Magnotta, who used several aliases and whose birth name was Eric Clinton Newman, is believed to have once had a sexual relationship with Lin.
Lin’s parents, who arrived in Montreal earlier this month to meet with investigators and officials, had called for Magnotta’s quick extradition. The family said they were devastated by their only son’s murder, saying he had been their “pride and hope.”
Family and friends described Lin, who excelled in engineering and computer science at Concordia, as kind, compassionate and responsible.