Senior police officials, including Chief Mark Saunders, said they are satisfied with Bruce McArthur's sentence Friday as they continued to field questions about why it took so long for the man who killed eight men over seven years to be stopped.
He could have followed the Crown's recommendation and sentenced McArthur to life without parole eligibility for 50 years.
First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years, but when there are several convictions, the court can impose consecutive periods of parole ineligibility.
McArthur also pleaded guilty to the first-degree murders of Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, Dean Lisowick and Selim Esen. Families and friends of the respective men were not given the closure that they deserved in a timely manner.
While not on the same scale of loved ones, Fraser too had suffered from McArthur's depravity, McMahon said, and "must live the nightmare of the murdered victims being concealed on their property for up to eight years".
McArthur dismembered all his victims and buried most of their remains in large planter pots at a home in midtown Toronto where he stored his landscaping equipment.
McArthur specifically targeted gay men in Toronto using gay dating apps.
"These men must never be forgotten". The remains of the eighth victim were recovered from a nearby ravine.
In committing the eight murders, the judge said, McArthur victimized the dead men's families twice over: first when their loved one vanished and again when they finally learned the "horrific truth". He's been charged with neglect of duty for what was originally thought to be a shoddy investigation of McArthur in 32 Division in June of 2016, after two men came into the station complaining about a date gone bad.
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After the sentencing, Nicole Borthwick, who knew some of the victims, said outside court that the judge was too lenient. "The ability to decapitate and dismember his victims and do it repeatedly is pure evil".
A spokesman for Toronto Police said investigators had "worked diligently" to "do everything possible to locate the missing men".
Most of his victims were homeless, recent immigrants, or people of Middle Eastern or South Asian decent.
A ninth sub file on McArthur's found USB storage device had been titled "John" - the name of the man found handcuffed to the bed, naked, with duct tape over his mouth.
Toronto Mayor John Tory said McArthur's victims should "never be forgotten".
"Why did the police seemingly not take the concerns of the LGBTQ community more seriously?" the paper asked.
McMahon also noted the profound negative impact McArthur's crimes have left on the victims' friends and family.
"This is a crime of stark horror", prosecutor Michael Cantlon said in a statement after the sentencing.
Police are still reviewing a series of cold cases to see if they can find any links to McArthur but have said that so far, they believe he didn't kill anyone else.
The first victim to go missing was Navaratnam, a refugee who fled Sri Lanka and settled in Toronto.