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Man charged with murder of 2 missing men was barred from Gay Village

Last Updated Jan 25, 2018 at 1:54 pm EDT

Bruce McArthur, 66, is shown in this Facebook photo. HANDOUT/Facebook

A 66-year-old charged with the murder of two missing men last week had been barred from Toronto’s Gay Village due to an assault almost two decades ago.

Bruce McArthur was arrested and charged with first-degree murder last week in the deaths of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen, and police believe there are more victims.

Court documents show almost 17 years ago, on Oct. 31, 2001, McArthur assaulted a man with a metal pipe.

He was convicted in 2003 and received a conditional sentence of two years less a day and three years’ probation.

As part of the sentence — except for work and medical appointments — McArthur was barred for three years from an area bounded by Bloor Street to the north, College and Carlton streets to the south, Sherbourne Street to the east and University Avenue to the west — an area encompassing the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood.

He was ordered not to have contact with his victim, or any male prostitute, or go near the victim’s home. Plus he had to undergo psychological counselling, including anger management, and provide a DNA sample.

McArthur was banned from possessing weapons for 10 years — including firearms, crossbows, ammunition or explosive substances — and ordered to abstain from non-prescription drugs, including amylnitrate or “poppers.”

Selim Esen, 44, went missing near Yonge and Bloor streets on April 14, 2017. Andrew Kinsman, 49, was last seen near Parliament and Winchester streets on June 26, 2017. Their bodies have not been found.

McArthur remains in custody and will appear in court on Feb. 14 by video link.


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