Magnotta left message for Laureen Harper in body-parts package, court hears
First day of proceedings in the Luka Magnotta murder trial in Montreal, Sept. 29, 2014. (DELF BERG/QMI Agency)
MONTREAL — When Luka Magnotta mailed Jun Lin's hands and feet to political parties and two schools, he gift-wrapped them in pink tissue paper and referenced the prime minister and his wife in one of the boxes, his murder trial heard Tuesday.
A note accompanying a body part sent to Conservative headquarters in Ottawa read "Stephen Harper and Lauren Teskey will know who this is. They f***ed up big time!"
The notewriter signed with a black heart and misspelled Laureen Harper's first name while referencing her by her maiden name.
Another pink note read: "You need to speak to Laureen Teskey & her family! Lots to Hide!"
The Crown showed photos of boxes sent to the Conservatives and the Liberals as well as to two Vancouver schools after Lin was killed and dismembered on May 25, 2012.
Each of the body-part packages was meticulously prepared with pink tissue paper and all notes were written on pink paper.
A single black heart was drawn on the bottom of the inside of each box.
A threatening poem accompanied the body part sent to False Creek elementary school in Vancouver.
It read: "Roses are red, violets are blue. The police will need dental records to identify you. Bitch."
A box to St. Georges School had a note that read "Die Bitch, Soon."
The boxes all went through the Canada Post system.
The packages were sent under false names, such as Hubert Chretien from Gatineau, Que. and L. Valentini from St. Catharines, Ont.
Magnotta, a 32-year-old former porn actor from Toronto, has admitted to killing Lin, an engineering student from China.
However, Magnotta's lawyer wants the jury to declare Magnotta not criminally responsible due to mental illness.
The Crown has a different take, insisting Magnotta planned the murder six months in advance.
Police witnesses presented more grim crime scene photos Tuesday that showed 24 places where blood was splattered throughout Magnotta's dingy Montreal apartment. The Crown says Lin was tied to a bed and murdered there.
Forensic analyst Chantal Turmel also gave shocking testimony in a calm voice, describing the contents of a video clip posted online "showing a victim being dismembered."
"In the video, a victim can be seen on a bed with a poster of the film Casablanca on the wall above the bed," she said. "A little bit later in the video, a bottle of wine is used to sodomize the victim."
The court was shown the 750ml Wishful Love bottle, found at the scene.
Asked to describe the smell of the blood-soaked mattress, Turmel replied: "There was an odour of rotting blood."
Another forensic analyst showed the court a photo of a human head, with nearly half the skin and flesh missing, that was barely recognizable as human save for a few dark wisps of hair.
Police recovered the head, which the Crown says was Lin's, at a Montreal park on Canada Day 2012, a month after the murder.
Magnotta, sporting dark-rimmed glasses, kept his head bowed during the entire presentation related to the head.
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