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Luka Rocco Magnotta, the man dubbed the ‘Canadian Psycho’, denies murder charge by reason of insanity

Confessed killer  Luka Rocco Magnotta in a handout picture released on June 5, 2012 image www.crimefiles.net

Confessed killer … Luka Rocco Magnotta in a handout picture released on June 5, 2012. Picture: AFP/Service de Police de La Ville de Montreal Source: AFP

A FORMER Canadian porn actor has admitted at the start of his trial to killing and dismembering a Chinese student, but his lawyer blames the gruesome crime on mental illness.

The court heard Luka Rocco Magnotta, 32, has admitted to the underlying facts in the case, including killing 33-year-old Jun Lin.

But he formally pleaded not guilty to first degree murder, committing indignities to a body, harassing Canada’s prime minister and other charges that could see him jailed for life, if he is convicted.

The jury must now consider his state of mind at the time of the offences, and whether he is criminally responsible.

The victim  Chinese student Jun Lin in an undated photo image www.crimefiles.net

The victim … Chinese student Jun Lin in an undated photo. Source: Supplied

The defence said it would present medical files and expert witnesses to demonstrate the accused’s long history of mental illness, while the prosecution said it would show the crime was premeditated and not the act of a lunatic.

“Whether Mr Magnotta is exempt from criminal responsibility will be the matter for your deliberations,” defence lawyer Luc Leclair said in opening remarks to the jury.

Magnotta is accused of using an ice pick to fatally stab Lin in May 2012, before sexually abusing and dismembering the man’s corpse, and then posting a video of the heinous act online.

Porn star Luka Rocco Magnotta as he appears in a video uploaded on YouTube. YouTube image www.crimefiles.net

Porn star … Luka Rocco Magnotta as he appears in a video uploaded on YouTube. Picture: AFP/YouTube Source: AFP

Days after the killing, Montreal police discovered the victim’s torso in a suitcase by the rubbish outside an apartment building along a busy highway.

Lin’s severed hands and feet were sent in the mail to federal political parties in Ottawa — one of the packages was addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper — and to two schools in Vancouver.

The head was found in a Montreal park months later.

Luka Rocco Magnotta centre escorted by police upon arrival from Germany at Mirabel Airport outside Montreal in Mirabe Quebec Canada on June 18  2012  Service de Police de la Ville de Montreal image www.crimefiles.net

Caught out … Luka Rocco Magnotta (centre) escorted by police upon arrival from Germany at Mirabel Airport outside Montreal in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada on June 18, 2012. Picture: Service de Police de la Ville de Montreal. Source: AFP

Magnotta fled Canada, but was arrested in Germany in June 2012, following an international manhunt, and extradited.

He was arrested in a Berlin internet cafe, after stops in France and elsewhere in Germany.

As the trial got under way, Magnotta sat behind a glass enclosure in the cramped Montreal courtroom as Lin’s father looked on from one of only 13 seats in the gallery.

Prosecutor Louis Bouthillier called on the jury not to be swayed into believing that Magnotta must be insane in order to have committed such horrific crimes.

Seeking justice  Diran Lin father of Jun Lin walks to the courtroom for the murder trial of Luka Rocco Magnotta in Montreal. The Canadian Press Ryan Remiorz  image www.crimefiles.net

Seeking justice … Diran Lin, father of Jun Lin, walks to the courtroom for the murder trial of Luka Rocco Magnotta in Montreal. Picture: AP/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz Source: AP

Bouthillier said this was a “planned and deliberate” murder, pointing to a December 2011 email to a British journalist investigating cat mutilations, in which Magnotta purportedly said he wanted to videotape the slaughter of a human.

The defence said it would urge the jury to order in-hospital psychiatric treatment for Magnotta rather than life in prison.

If he is found not guilty by reason of insanity, he would land in a psychiatric ward until doctors deemed him fit for release.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, in an undated image provided by Interpol.image www.crimefiles.net

Different look … Luka Rocco Magnotta, in an undated image provided by Interpol. Picture: AP/Interpol Source: AP

At a preliminary hearing last year, questions arose about Magnotta’s mental health, but he was found fit to stand trial in two psychiatric assessments.

One month before Lin’s death, Magnotta was also diagnosed at a Montreal hospital with borderline personality disorder, said Leclair.

The media dubbed him the “Canadian Psycho” after it was discovered the soundtrack from the movie American Psycho was playing in the background of the video posted online.

Lin’s father Diran says he intends to sit through the trial.

Defining moment  CCTV video shows Luka Rocco Magnotta entering an internet cafe in the district of Neukoelln in Berlin, Germany, on June 4 2012 where he was arrested after a worker recognised him. image www.crimefiles.net

Defining moment … CCTV video shows Luka Rocco Magnotta entering an internet cafe in the district of Neukoelln in Berlin, Germany, on June 4, 2012 where he was arrested after a worker recognised him. Source: AP

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