'Canadian Psycho' Luka Magnotta in Montreal court for pre-trial hearing
MONTREAL (AFP) - The most high-profile Canadian criminal case in years landed in a Montreal court on Monday as a former porn actor appeared to face charges of slaying and dismembering a Chinese student.
Luka Rocco Magnotta, 30, made worldwide headlines last year after allegedly filming himself murdering his victim and performing lewd acts with the body before posting the images online. He arrived escorted by prison guards for the start of a preliminary hearing, in which a judge decides whether there is enough evidence to prosecute.
Magnotta faces first-degree murder and other charges, including committing indignities to a body and harassing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Police say the occasional gay porn actor and male prostitute used an ice pick to stab his 33-year-old victim Lin Jun in late May before carving up his body, sexually abusing the corpse, filming the act and posting the video online.