The investigation into accused serial killer Bruce McArthur is so “massive” that his court appearance Wednesday will likely just be a formality.
The 66-year-old — who allegedly murdered at least five people — is part of one of the most complicated and extensive police probes in Toronto’s history.
McArthur’s court date comes as cops announced Tuesday that they had finished their initial search of a Leaside property on Mallory Cres. where they discovered body parts of six individuals.
The remains were discovered in planters at the home where McArthur had done landscaping.
None of the allegations against McArthur have been proven in court.
Toronto criminal lawyer Monte McGregor told the Toronto Sun that “it’s still really early” in the investigation to expect much.
“This is going to be massive. It’s an ongoing investigation and all the information will have to be given to the defence,” MacGregor said.
The lawyer added that evidence will include surveillance videos, computer messages and a staggering number of crime scene photos.
“In a typical homicide case, there are around 2,000 crime scene photos … With McArthur, you’d be looking at around 30,000 photos. There is going to be terabytes of information.”
MacGregor added that the case will be more complicated than the one against serial killing pig farmer Robert Pickton in the Vancouver area and the case against double murderer Dellen Millard.
“In those cases, there was only one real crime scene, with McArthur we have no idea how many potential crime scenes there are,” he said.
Now, detectives are cobbling together everything they can, much of it circumstantial. MacGregor added you “don’t need a body for a murder conviction but it sure helps.”
The lawyer said that because of the mountains of evidence, the Crown will need to work fairly quickly.
“They may focus on what they’ve got right now while continuing the investigation,” he said, adding that the probe is reaching beyond Toronto now.
MacGregor predicted the preliminaries won’t get going for at least 18 months.
Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies