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THE ROLEX WATCH THIEF CAUGHT ON CCTV DOING A RUNNER. HIS ‘TIME’ IS UP.

A Rolex watch, similar to the one that was stolen

A Rolex watch, similar to the one that was stolen Photo: Victoria Police.

The clock may be ticking for a man who allegedly duped two Gumtree sellers into letting him try on an expensive Rolex watch before running off with it.

Police are searching for the man who met the sellers at Doncaster Shopping Centre.

The sellers set up the meeting with the man, who used the name “Johnny”, after he expressed interest in buying the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch, which had been advertised on Gumtree for $22,000.

The man wanted over the theft of a $22,000 Rolex

The man wanted over the theft of a $22,000 Rolex Photo: Victoria Police.

After asking to try on the watch, the man ran off with it.

One of the sellers chased after the man, but gave up when the thief allegedly pulled out a weapon and threatened him with it.

Features of the stolen watch, according to the Gumtree advertisement, include a “chocolate Arabic dial and black ceramic bezel black strap” and an “18 [carat] everose gold folding buckle with locking clasp”.

Police have released images taken from CCTV footage of the man, who is described as being aged between 20 and 30 years old and about 180 centimetres tall, with an athletic build.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

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BUYING SEX IN NEW YORK IS DANGEROUS TO YOUR WAY OF LIFE

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Their professions read like a roll call of respectability – several lawyers, a surgeon, a doctor, two dentists, two college professors, a teacher and a financial adviser are among their ranks, all based in affluent suburbia east of New York.

But their police mugshots have been released on a “wall of shame” after more than 100 men were arrested for soliciting sex from undercover officers in Nassau county on Long Island.

Some wives and children only learnt of the ‘Johns’ when the mugshots were made public 

A US defence lawyer has spoken of lives ruined by alleged police entrapment and several wives have consulted divorce lawyers

Name and shame: more than 100 men were arrested for soliciting sex from undercover officers. Photo: Nassau County District Attorney’s Office

But Kathleen Rice, the district attorney for Nassau county, defended the “name and shame” tactic of the prostitution sting, “Operation Flush the Johns”.

She told prosecutors: “Sex workers are often vulnerable victims of traffickers and pimps, yet they often remain the prime targets in prostitution investigations, while the Johns [patrons] who fuel the exploitation are treated as mere witnesses,” she said.

“My office and the police department are turning the tables on the illogical and immoral nature of that equation.”

Thomas Dale, the police commissioner, said that officials launched the sting in April because of an increase in crime in hotels in the area.

The 104 accused, who range in age from 17 to 79, allegedly replied to advertisements for prostitution on a website. They were told to meet at hotels where they were filmed and arrested after offering money for sex to undercover officers.

Defence lawyers have argued that the men were victims of entrapment. Some wives and children only learnt of the “Johns” when the mugshots were made public.

The Telegraph, London

Wild Secrets

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WASHINGTON: Investigators in Boston have released images of two potential suspects in the April 15 bombings, one of whom was recorded dropping a black bag near one of the blast sites.

Richard DesLauries, the FBI agent in charge in Boston, said investigators had pursued thousands of leads and tips and in the last day or so had developed a ‘‘single person of interest’’.

They subsequently developed a second suspect and were now enlisting the public’s help to identify the pair. One suspect was wearing a dark baseball cap, the other a white cap. Suspect two set down a backpack near the Forum restaurant and the pair ‘‘appear to be walking together’’.

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On April 16, 2013, FBI Director Robert Mueller updated President Barack Obama on the explosions that occurred in Boston the previous day. Seated, from left, are Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken; National Security Advisor to the Vice President Jake Sullivan; Attorney General Eric Holder; Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco; and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

“Identifying and locating those responsible is now our highest priority,” Mr DesLauries said. ‘‘We know the public will play a critical role in identifying and locating these individuals. Somebody out there knows these individuals.’’

A CCTV image released by the FBI of the two men suspected of being involved in the Boston Marathon bombings.
A CCTV image released by the FBI of the two men being sought over the Boston Marathon bombings. Photo: FBI

“No bit of information, no matter how small or seemingly inconsequential, is too small for us to see,” he said.

The photos were posted on fbi.gov and those were ‘‘the only ones the public should use to assist us’’.

He said the suspects may be “armed and extremely dangerous”.

This image shows a man the FBI is calling suspect number two.
This image shows a man the FBI is calling suspect number two. Photo: AP

Scraps recovered from the scene show at least one bomb was concealed in a black nylon bag.

The April 15 attack killed three people and wounded scores. The images of the potential suspects come from several vantage points, including store security cameras on and across the street from the bomb site, according to federal law-enforcement officials.

The investigation involving more than 1000 law-enforcement personnel, some canvassing hospitals, continued on Thursday as President Barack Obama attended a memorial for the victims of the bombing. Addressing hundreds of citizens at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Mr Obama said the perpetrators would be caught.‘‘Yes, we will find you, and yes, you will face justice,’’ he said.



LATEST TECH SOFTWARE TO AID POLICE WORK IN PREVENTING CRIME

Such a hypothetical scenario may seem like something out of a futuristic crime drama, but the technology is real, developed in a partnership between the US’s largest police department and Microsoft, and the latest version has been quietly in use for about a year.

The project could pay off in more ways than one: the NYPD could make tens of millions of dollars under an unprecedented marketing deal that allows Microsoft to sell the system to other law enforcement agencies and civilian companies around the world. The city will get a 30 per cent cut.

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The Domain Awareness System, known as the dashboard, gives easy access to the police department’s voluminous arrest records, 911 calls, more than 3000 security cameras citywide, number plate readers and portable radiation detectors. This is all public data – not additional surveillance.

Right now, it is used only in NYPD offices, mostly in the counterterrorism unit. Eventually, the system could supply crime-fighting information in real time to officers on laptops in their squad cars and on mobile devices while they walk the beat.

A video wall shows New York police officers an interactive map of an area in the city.A video wall shows New York police officers an interactive map of an area in the city. Photo: AP

“It works incredibly well,” said Jessica Tisch, director of planning and policy for the counterterrorism unit.

For example, officers used the system during a deadly shooting outside the Empire State Building in August. Dozens of 911 calls were coming in, and it initially looked like an attack staged by several gunmen. But officers mapped the information and pulled up cameras within 500 feet of the reported shots to determine there was only one shooter.

Analysts are cautious about the potential profits, saying that largely depends on Microsoft’s sales efforts and whether any major competition arises. While there are other data-drilling products made by other companies, they say the NYPD’s involvement could set the dashboard apart.


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“This is the kind of stuff you used to only see in movies,” said analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle, a technology analysis firm. “Getting it to work in a way that police departments can use in real time is huge.”

The venture began in 2009 when the NYPD approached Microsoft about building software to help mine data for the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, a network of private and public cameras and other tools monitored by the department’s counterterrorism bureau. Development cost the department between $US30 million and $US40 million, officials said.

“Usually, you purchase software that you try to work with, but we wanted this to be something that really worked well for us, so we set about creating it with them,” said Richard Daddario, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for counterterrorism.

Officers were involved throughout the process with the programmers, offering advice on what they need during an emergency.

“It was created by cops for cops,” Tisch said. “We thought a lot about what information we want up close and personal, and what needs to be a click away. It’s all baked in there.”

The system uses hundreds of thousands of pieces of information. Security camera footage can be rewound five minutes so that officers can see suspects who may have fled. Sensors pick up whether a bag has been left sitting for a while. When an emergency call comes in, officers can check prior 911 calls from that address to see what they might be up against.

Prospective clients can customise it to fit their organisation.

Dave Mosher, a Microsoft vice president in charge of program management, said the company started to market the system in August and is looking at smaller municipalities, law enforcement agencies and companies that handle major sporting events.

He would not say whether any clients have been lined up and would not give details on the price except to say that it would depend on how much customisation must be done.

Shawn McCarthy, an analyst with research firm IDC, described the partnership – and outcome – as unusual in the tech world. “I see huge potential, but so much depends on the price and competition,” he said.

No firm timetable has been set on when the dashboard will be rolled out to the entire 34,000-officer department.

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FACIAL RECOGNITION SOFTWARE TO SPOT REPEAT PRESENCE OF PERSONS IN FILM FOOTAGE

Chances are, you’ve seen at least one or two TV shows in which the police examine news footage shot at several different crime scenes, and recognize the same person’s face showing up repeatedly in the crowds of onlookers … the ol’ “criminal returning to the scenes of their crimes” scenario. Realistically, it’s pretty hard to believe that one person could look through all that footage, and remember all those faces. It turns out that a computer could do it, however, as scientists at Indiana’s University of Notre Dame have illustrated with their “Questionable Observer Detector,” or QuOD.

The system was developed by a team led by Kevin Bowyer, Patrick Flynn and Jeremiah Barr, of Notre Dame’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Bowyer was inspired to invent QuOD, when he heard military and national security experts describing how they needed a way of identifying IED bombers in the Middle East – such individuals are known to come back to bombing sites, to assess the aftermath of their work.

While most facial recognition systems match faces in footage to those in an existing database, there is no such database for QuOD. Instead, it creates a separate “face track” for each individual appearing in a video clip. For each new clip that it analyzes, it compares the face tracks created from that clip with those created from all the previous clips. Any time that matching tracks are discovered, they are grouped together so that a human operator can then view all the appearances of that one person.

One of those images could then possibly be matched to a photo in a database, or at the very least circulated in the form of a “WANTED” poster.

Although it has already been successfully tested on a relatively small scale, there are still a few challenges to be overcome before QuOD can become a practical tool. For one thing, the lighting and resolution of crime scene footage is often insufficient, and not all of the onlookers will be conveniently looking towards the camera. Also, the processing load on computers could become quite heavy, if large amounts of footage were being analyzed.

Nonetheless, the Notre Dame team believe that these problems can be solved, and that QuOD could one day be used to catch criminals who just have to come back for a second look.

Laptop thief caught in the act

by hidden security camera

June 1, 2011 – 2:12PM
The alleged thief.The alleged thief. 

This post was originally published on Mashable.com

Joshua Kaufman did not just sit back and watch when his laptop was stolen – he continued to watch it being stolen, days later.

Thanks to “Hidden”, an app that collects webcam pics and screenshots when a computer is stolen, Kaufman knows just what his MacBook thief looks like.

The MacBook in question was lifted from interaction designer Kaufman’s Oakland, California, apartment on March 21, along with a few pieces of jewellery.

Luckily, Kaufman had installed the Hidden app on his computer in December, which allowed him to capture pictures of the thief – as well as his Google ID – and create a Tumblr dedicated to the missing computer, This Guy Has My MacBook, which went live in the US last Friday.

According to Kaufman, despite the fact that he has told police where the MacBook is – thanks to Hidden – no progress had been made on its recovery.

When asked if he thought he would get his computer back, Kaufman replied: “I believe in the power of good.”

Mashable.com is the world’s largest blog focused exclusively on social media news.


The 6 Most Pointlessly

Elaborate Movie Murder Plots

By: Danny Gallagher

December 05, 2008 1,484,246 views

When you really need something done, the simplest method is almost always the best.

But don’t tell that to Hollywood bad guys, who can’t seem to kill a single victim without planning out a complex, Rube Goldberg-style sequence that’s almost sure to end in failure.

So, we get criminal masterminds using methods like…

#6.
Stuntman Mike’s Stunt Car in Death Proof

Stuntman Mike, from Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s ambitious bomb Grindhouse, seduces beautiful women who have nothing better to do but hang out in hole-in-the-wall bars in Middle of Nowhere, Texas.

Then he kills them, either by giving them a ride in the front seat of his stunt car (the driver seat is “death proof” but the rest of the car isn’t) and crashing it, or just running them off the road.

 

The Problem:

Every plan results in his own car getting bashed to pieces. That means every time he scores a kill, he has to come back and rebuild the engine, put in a new suspension, get new brakes, shocks, axles, rebuild the transmission and who knows what else. All of this is after he’s released from the hospital, of course.

But that doesn’t touch on the most obvious problem: his insurance premiums. We don’t even think Geico is going to be all that understanding after about the 12th woman turns up dead in one of his “accidents.” Prepare for some skeptical looks from the claims guy, Mike.

A Better Way:

He convinces the drunken hotties to give him a lap dance to some R&B tunes, and then shoots them in the face.

#5.
The Cube in Cube

If you haven’t seen this cult classic, basically it’s Saw, except it doesn’t involve a saw. It involves a cube.

A group of random people find themselves trapped in a cube-shaped maze, with no memory of how they got there. As the team moves through the cube, they find that some rooms are safe and some are booby trapped.

One room sprays acid on its victims, another one has retractable spikes, another juliennes its victims with cheese wire.

 

The Problem:

In order to truly understand a murder plot, it’s important to understand the motive. And, after watching the entire movie, there doesn’t seem to be any. The creation or creator of the Cube is never explained, and neither is the reason for these particular people being trapped there. In other words, the message is that life’s a bitch and then you get a face full of acid.


“Is this one of the retarded acid cubes or one of the regular retarded cubes?”

But let’s just assume for the sake of argument that the Cube’s creator intended to teach people how to work together by putting them in a situation they could only escape from by pooling their resources, skills and knowledge. Wouldn’t it be simpler and cheaper to just send them to a team-building weekend in the woods where they could learn the same things by crossing rope ladders and solving toothpick puzzles?


“Let’s make this bigger. And with acid.”

And if that is indeed the lesson, how are they going to spread their message when they are all dead and the only guy who makes it out alive is the one with autism?

A Better Way:

The Cube’s creator points a gun in the face of his victims and tells them to “Cooperate, dammit!” Then he shoots all of them, minus the autistic one, in the face.

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The Remote-Controlled Car Bomb in The Dead Pool

The Dirty Harry series officially ran out of steam by the fourth film in the franchise, and then it jumped the shark in a remote control car.

In The Dead Pool, a serial killer is once again stalking the streets of San Francisco, killing people to rig a “dead pool” (a betting pool on what famous person will die next). Dirty Harry Callahan is on the list and the killer decides the best way to off the 60-year-old man is by going after him with an explosive radio controlled car.

Unfortunately, the killer doesn’t realize that Dirty Harry’s actual car can out run the radio controlled car, so a chase ensues with Dirty Harry’s car, the killer’s car and the killer’s tiny RC car, which he is controlling with perfect ease while driving his own, full-sized vehicle. Think of it as Bullitt if it were written by a small, confused child.

 

The Problem:

Just think about the amount of time that had to go into making a remote controlled car-bomb, and somehow making that car run fast enough to nearly keep up with a real car. Then at the end of all that effort, you still have a device that can be thwarted by something as simple as a curb or a small dog.

A Better Way:

Show Dirty Harry your ridiculous killer remote control car. While he’s distracted by his derisive laughter, shoot him in the face.


12 Classic Movie Moments

Made Possible

by Abuse and Murder

By: Orrin Reede, Geoffrey Cubbage, Eddie Rodriguez

March 29, 2011 2,078,603 views

No matter how hard we try to pretend that TMZ writers would be out of job in the classic days of Hollywood, the fact remains that the movie industry has always been filled with insufferable assholes. Some of those assholes produced your favorite movie moments ever — and some of them did that while putting their cast and crew through relentlessly horrible experiences, which they didn’t always survive.

#12.
Alfred Hitchcock Liked to Torture Actresses

Alfred Hitchcock was a genius, and by all accounts it was amazing to work with him … as long as you were a dude.


Grace Kelly had to stand during Rear Window, while James Stewart just lounged around all day.

Hitchcock had a thing for the ladies, and it wasn’t a healthy “thing.” Even if you don’t read anything into the fact that young, attractive blondes were continuously getting slashed, tortured or harassed in his films, his treatment of them off-camera was just slightly less deranged.

Wait, what?

For instance, Hitchcock cast an unknown called Tippi Hedren in the lead role for The Birds — presumably because he knew that a famous star wouldn’t be quite as receptive to having massive piles of crap unleashed on her. Bird crap, to be more specific: For five days of filming, Hitchcock would throw live birds directly at the actress, peck, scratch and shit all over her. Not satisfied with the resulting terror, he ordered that the birds be physically tied to her, and one of them just missed clawing her eye out.


“Can you do that one again?”

All those scenes of the girl losing it in The Birds? She really is that scared, and since this was her big break, she didn’t dare saying anything. The whole thing reduced Hedren to tears.

And then things got worse: Hitchcock became infatuated with Hedren, which he demonstrated by paying staff to follow her on her time off and sexually propositioning her (because chicks love guys who throw birds at them). When Hedren refused and demanded to be let out of her contract, the director vowed to ruin her career. And he did: For the next few years, Hedren remained under contract but made no movies. When she was finally released, demand for her had died down, and she spent the remainder of her acting career in relative obscurity.


Today this woman is better known as the mother of Melanie Griffith. Think about that for a second.

So what — he had a weird relationship with one actress. We’ve all been there, right? Well, another of Hitchcock’s victims was the lead actress of The 39 Steps. He’d shout “Bring on the Birmingham tart!” when calling for her on the set, and at one point he left her handcuffed to her male costar for hours until she developed bruises. Then in one scene, he needed a “shocked” reaction from her, so he started unbuttoning his pants as if he was going to whip out his cock.


For the love of God, DON’T PAN DOWN.

#11.
Coppola and Apocalypse Now Nearly Kill Martin Sheen

Decades before Charlie Sheen lost his mind in front of a camera, his father, Martin, was doing the same thing in Francis Ford Coppola’s classic Apocalypse Now. Martin Sheen’s breakdown at the beginning of the movie is one of the most memorable opening sequences ever filmed. This impressive performance was fueled by rich source material, Sheen’s need to exorcise his personal demons and Coppola’s being an irresponsible jackass.


Geez guy, simmer down. It’s just ‘Nam, not a real war like Grenada.

Sheen almost didn’t survive it.

Wait, what?

Apocalypse Now is famous for being plagued with production problems, not the least of which involved its being filmed in the middle of an actual war zone. Coppola had agreed to shoot the movie in the Philippines knowing the country was in a state of civil war, because the president offered to support the production and lend them some military equipment (including helicopters). Coppola and his crew were there faster than you can say “tax break incentive.”


Most people saw a horrible, divisive war. Coppola saw an opportunity to save some money for his wine business.

At one point, Coppola had to give back some helicopters because the government needed them for, you know, blowing up insurgents. The cast and crew could hear gunshots and explosions in the distance — real ones — but Coppola’s main preoccupation at this point was about to adjust his schedule to accommodate the Philippine army’s needs.

But apparently Martin Sheen didn’t take things so calmly, because he suffered a heart attack in the middle of the jungle.


The horror was too much for him.

Sheen staggered a quarter of a mile through the jungle before reaching help. How did Coppola react? He was terrified … that the producers might insist on transferring Sheen to an American hospital. So he quashed the “rumors” of a heart attack by claiming Sheen had suffered heat exhaustion, and had him back on the set a month later. Hell, we’re surprised he didn’t offer him to the Philippine government to help it fight in its war.

#10.
Stanley Kubrick Gets Shelley Duvall to Act Traumatized — by Traumatizing Her

Stanley Kubrick is one of the great undisputed geniuses of cinema. If every shot, every action, and every line of dialogue in his films seems perfectly staged and delivered, that’s because, well … they damned well had to be, otherwise no one was going home.


Stanley Kubrick: Master of the self-indulgent profile pic 50 years before the creation of Facebook.

Just to be clear, we’re not criticizing him for being a perfectionist. Lots of people like to make sure shit is done just right. But at some point, you go past “perfectionist” into “obsessive-compulsive.” Beyond that on the spectrum, you have “insane,” “a danger to himself and others” and finally a category that experts have simply named, “Stanley Kubrick.”


Kubrick is the rape-eyed photographer back there. In case you couldn’t fucking tell.

Wait, what?

So, for example, in Eyes Wide Shut, there was a totally inconsequential scene where Sydney Pollack had to get up from his chair, walk and open a door. That’s all. There was no dialogue. Kubrick forced the actor to perform the same scene, walking from chair to door, over and over and over and over, for two straight days.


“You will never see your family EVER AGAIN.”

But when it comes to Kubrickian acting marathons, nothing beats The Shining. The shoot was originally scheduled to take 17 weeks, but the director’s insane perfectionism stretched it into a full year. Why? Well, remember the classic scene where a horrified Shelley Duvall swings a bat at an insane Jack Nicholson? That moment alone took 127 takes, which, according to Wikipedia, broke the record for “most retakes of a single movie scene with spoken dialogue.”


It also holds the record for “most times an actress secretly wished a director would just fucking die.”

The whole shoot was one hellish year of doing the same shots over and over again. Nobody suffered that year worse than Duvall — Kubrick’s constant screams and demands made her so stressed that her hair began to fall out. She became physically ill from being yelled at too much by Kubrick, which, by the end of the shoot, qualified as a real medical condition.

Apparently, Kubrick intentionally created a hostile atmosphere toward Duvall (as seen in the Making of … documentary) in order to get a better performance out of her. How else was he supposed to get an authentic “HELP I AM TRAPPED HERE WITH A GODDAMN PSYCHOPATH” reaction from an actress?


Jack Nicholson just wasn’t creepy enough on his own.

#9.
The Wizard of Oz Assaults Actors with Toxic Metals, Fire

Most people associate The Wizard of Oz with psychedelic color schemes, Pink Floyd conspiracies and big crowds of the happiest goddamn little people you ever saw. Rumors that one of those little guys hanged himself on-screen have been thoroughly debunked — so really, the only reason we’re including the movie on this list is that they kept almost killing people, and also setting their faces on fire.


We still say there’s somebody hanging in those woods.

Wait, what?

Filming The Wizard of Oz wasn’t as fun as it looked. The Technicolor process was expensive and time-consuming, so to cut down costs, the producers pushed the actors through 16-hour days, six days a week, on brightly lit soundstages that quickly reached more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (and that was outside the carpeted lion suit).


The mask was specifically designed so you couldn’t tell how much he was suffering.

But hey, we’ve all worked long hours, and probably for less pay. So how bad could it have been?

For one thing, the aluminum-powder makeup used for the Tin Man almost killed the first actor cast on the role. An allergic reaction gave him breathing problems and horrible body cramps that made him wake up at night screaming in panic, but the studio heads didn’t really believe anything was wrong until they saw him lying on a bed, connected to an artificial lung. So they recast the part and changed the makeup to something less dangerous — which then infected the eye of the new actor. The Wicked Witch had it pretty rough, too: Her makeup was so heavy that, for 16 hours a day, she could eat only through a straw. That distinctive green color was actually copper — which is unfortunate, because copper happens to be an excellent conductive metal, and that’s not something you wanna have all over your face when people are shooting fire all around you.


Imagine how permanently and irrevocably different your life would have been with this Tin Man.

In an early scene, the filmmakers made fire erupt from the ground to conceal the witch’s exit as she was lowered by an elevator, but then the mechanism jammed and she caught on fire.


She’s burning to death underneath that orange smoke.

The copper on her face made treating her burns all the more difficult. After being rushed to the hospital, the actress insisted on a stunt double for the next scene involving pyrotechnics. Given that the stunt double was also badly burned, we’re going to go ahead and say she made the right call there.


Murder broadcast on webcam:

accused to plead not guilty

April 25, 2011 – 9:56AM
Qian Liu, a York University student, was found dead in her apartment near the school last Friday.Qian Liu, a York University student, was found dead in her apartment near the school two Fridays ago. Photo: AP

The man accused of killing a Chinese student, attacked in her apartment as her boyfriend watched helplessly through a webcam, will “absolutely” plead not guilty, his lawyer said.

“We want to put together a strong defense and I anticipate that on behalf of my client,” Steven Krys, who is representing 29-year-old Brian Dickson, told The Associated Press.

The body of York University student Liu Qian, 23, of Beijing, was found just over a week ago in her Toronto apartment a few hours after her boyfriend witnessed what appeared to be the beginning of the attack before the webcam was shut off. 

Liu was found naked from the waist down but there were no obvious signs of sexual assault or trauma severe enough to kill her. An autopsy on Liu’s body was inconclusive, and police say it may be weeks before the results of toxicology tests are known.

Liu’s distraught mother Zheng Yaru and father Liu Jianhui visited the coroner’s office on Thursday after meeting with police. Tears streamed down Zheng’s face and she was assisted by others as she left the morgue.

Police refused to release any details about the crime or its possible motive.

Dickson lived in an apartment in the same house as Liu, a police source said on condition of anonymity because the source wasn’t authorised to speak publicly.

Liu was chatting with her boyfriend, Meng Xianchao, by webcam at about 1 a.m. that Friday when a man knocked on the door, police said.

Meng reported seeing a struggle break out between the two before Liu’s webcam was shut off. Meng contacted other friends in Toronto who in turn called police.

“I think she trusted him,” Meng told broadcaster CTV News. “If it were someone she didn’t trust she wouldn’t have let him in.”

Dickson stood on Thursday before the court in a wrinkled white shirt and blue jeans as a charge of first-degree murder was read. He did not enter a plea and his case was held over until April 26. The justice of the peace imposed a publication ban on nearly all other details.

Dickson was arrested on Wednesday. Toronto spokesman Tony Vella said Dickson was known to police but would not elaborate.

Police searched Dickson’s family residence in the east end of Toronto and confiscated a computer.

Police only announced his name and age on Wednesday and asked the media not to publish any photos of Dickson, saying it could compromise the investigation. Vella declined to elaborate on the request.

Police released no motive or details about Dickson.

Lorne Hiro, a neighbor of Dickson’s family, said he seemed like a good guy.

“I know that there are some other people that actually did know him a lot more in the last few years and they mentioned that they were unsettled with him at times,” Hiro said.

“I saw his parents last night just to give them my condolences. They are in really rough shape now. It’s a very embarrassing situation for them to be in and heartbreaking,” he added.

One acquaintance also described the Toronto man as an aspiring actor.

Patricia Tomasi, a Facebook friend of Dickson’s, said she acted in a play at a local theater in Toronto with Dickson in 2007.

“He doesn’t seem like the type but that’s what they always say,” Tomasi said of the allegations. “He’s tall with boyish good looks. I don’t know much about him except that he wanted to be an actor.”

Dickson attended York University where he studied global politics, but did not earn a degree from there.

He later worked for the Atlantic Council of Canada, a NATO-affiliated think-tank where he served as an assistant to the president Julie Lindhout. According to his biography on a newsletter from the Atlantic Council of Canada, Dickson has also been a running instructor and has been involved with Developments in Literacy, a Pakistani aid organization that raises money for children in Pakistan.

A statement from the Atlantic Council of Canada on Thursday said it was not council policy to comment on staff, but it confirmed that Dickson had been an intern with the council from September 29, 2008, until March 27, 2009.

Liu Jianhui said his daughter studied at Beijing City University before moving to Canada. Liu Jianhui is the research director of Communist Party history at the Party School of the Central Committee of CPC, which trains party officials.

Liu Qian’s laptop computer, webcam and mobile phone were taken from the apartment the night of the attack, police said. Police said the online chat was on a live streaming camera and was not recorded, though investigators were trying to figure out if there was any way they could recover it.

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