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'Significant development' expected in Bruce McArthur's case: police

Toronto police say a significant development is expected in the case of an alleged serial killer accused of preying on men who disappeared from the city’s gay village.

Bruce McArthur, 67, faces eight counts of first-degree murder and has a court hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

Late last year, McArthur waived his right to a preliminary hearing, opting to go straight to trial.

Toronto police arrested the self-employed landscaper in January 2018 and eventually charged him with eight counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.

The charges are related to men who went missing from the gay village between 2010 and 2017.

Police have said they recovered the remains of seven men in large planters at a residential property in midtown Toronto where McArthur worked while the remains of an eighth man was found in a nearby ravine.

The Canadian Press