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British journalist testifies at Luca Magnotta hearing

The preliminary hearing of alleged killer Luka Magnotta is into its fourth day with a British journalist taking the stand.

Alex West is a reporter for the Sun newspaper in England and is the latest witness to be heard at this week’s hearing at the Montreal courthouse.

The testimony being heard is subject to a publication ban.

Magnotta is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying last May of Jun Lin, a Concordia University engineering student from China.

Magnotta is also facing four other charges relating to the case.

Lin’s father, Darin Lin, was back in court Thursday day after leaving the courtroom earlier this week.

On Wednesday, a member of Magnotta’s legal team withdrew from the case after the Crown raised the possibility of a conflict of interest in the case.