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Canadian 'body parts' killer found guilty of murder

Canadian Luka Magnotta, who killed and dismembered a Chinese student in Montreal in 2012, was found guilty of first-degree murder today Credit: Reuters

A Canadian man who killed a Chinese student then posted his victim's body parts to schools and political figures has been found guilty of first-degree murder.

Luka Magnotta, 32, had admitted killing and dismembering engineering student Jun Lin, 33, in Montreal in 2012, but pleaded not guilty on the grounds of mental illness.

A jury deliberated for eight days before delivering its verdict today.

Magnotta was also found guilty of committing an indignity to a human body, publishing and mailing obscene material, and criminally harassing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament.

A first-degree murder conviction in Canada carries an automatic life sentence with no possibility of parole for 25 years.

The victim's father, Diran Lin, who travelled from China to attend the trial said: "I had come to see your trial system to see justice done, and I leave satisfied that you have not let my son down."

Following the killing in spring 2012, Magnotta fled to Europe and was caught in a Berlin internet cafe, where he was reading about himself.


Johnny Cash's son arrested for removing clothes at airport

Country music legend Johnny Cash's son was arrested after drunkenly stripping down to his underwear at a Canadian airport, police said.

Johnny Cash's son John Carter Cash. Credit: Reuters

John Carter Cash was returning from a hunting trip in Deer Lake, Newfoundland, when he began taking his clothes off, according to Canada's CBC News.

Airport security called in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) but by the time officers arrived Cash had put his clothes back on. He had missed his flight.

Officers decided not to charge Carter Cash, who followed his parents into the country music business, because he cooperated with police and security and he had no criminal record.

Canada gunman made video about his 'ideological motives'

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was shot by police at the scene. Credit: REUTERS/Vancouver Police Department/Handou

The gunman who shot and killed a soldier near the Canadian parliament made a video saying he was driven by "ideological and political motives", police said.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Bob Paulson said they had "persuasive evidence" of the reasons behind Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's attack last week.

The clip cannot be released at this time but officers are conducting a detailed analysis of the footage.

Zehaf-Bibeau was shot dead at the scene after killing Corporal Nathan Cirillo, 24.

The attack in Ottawa came two days after a man described as an "IS-inspired terrorist" ran over two soldiers in a parking lot in Quebec, killing one and injuring the other before being shot to death by police.


Five hurt, one critically in Canadian industrial blast

Five people have been hurt, one critically after an industrial explosion in Sarnia, Ontario according to the local mayor Mike Bradley reports CBC News.

He added that the fire at the facility is now under control.

Sarnia police said on Twitter there had been an explosion at a tank car maintenance facility and rescue workers were at the scene.

Mother's tears as slain Canadian soldier's body taken home

Kathy Cirillo, the mother of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, cries as she following pallbearers carrying his casket. Credit: Reuters

The body of Canadian soldier Corporal Nathan Cirillo has been taken from an Ottawa funeral home to his hometown of Hamilton.

Cirillo was murdered on Wednesday as he stood guard at the Canadian National War Memorial in Ottawa.

Hamilton police and members of Cirillo's regiment, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, joined his family to accompany his casket home.

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders carry the coffin of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo Credit: Reuters
Kathy Cirillo (C), the mother of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, reacts while following pallbearers carrying his casket Credit: Reuters

Suspicious packets sent to western consulates in Turkey

Security alerts have been declared in the Turkish city of Istanbul after the consulates of five western countries were sent packets of unidentified yellow powder, Reuters has reported.

Sixteen people were taken to hospital as a precaution after the suspicious deliveries to the consulates of the United States, Canada, France, Germany and Belgium, including 10 from the Canadian consulate.

Members of Turkey's disaster management agency removed bags from the Canadian consulate in Istanbul after the delivery of a suspicious package. Credit: Reuters

The packets were treated as a heightened potential threat following the militant attacks in Canada this week with other consulates and embassies reviewing their security measures.

Tests on the powder will be delivered on Monday.

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