Bruce McArthur charged with 8th count of first-degree murder

Lester Mason
April 16, 2018

Toronto Police say Bruce McArthur, right, has now been charged in the murder of Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, left. McArthur had previously faced seven charges of first-degree murder. Police said at the time believed the man was one of McArthur's victims and requested the public's help in learning who he was.

Police received more than 500 tips after releasing the photo and whittled the list of potential identities down to 70 potential names last Wednesday.

On March 5, police released a photograph of a dead man which Det.

Idsinga said Kanagaratnam moved to Canada from Sri Lanka in 2010 and was living in the Scarborough area. He would have been 37 years old at the time of his death, Idsinga said.

Idsinga said police believe he was murdered sometime between September 3 and December 14 in 2015. Later that month, McArthur was charged with the murders of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, and Dean Lisowick.

Unlike the other victims, there is no prior evidence linking Kanagaratnam to Toronto's Gay Village, Idsinga said.

The eighth murder charge was laid in a Toronto courtroom on Monday morning and the Crown alleges that Kanagaratnam was murdered sometime between September 3, 2015 and December 2015.

The sprawling investigation into McArthur is probing cold cases that go as far back as 1975. Police say he buried his victims' body parts in potted plants on properties where he worked as a self-employed landscaper.

According to police, investigators have successfully identified the remains of all of the named victims with the exception of Kayhan.

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