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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Hand and foot sent to school in cannibal case

A HUMAN foot and hand have been discovered in packages at two schools in Vancouver, in what could be the latest gruesome twist in the case of a Canadian porn actor suspected of dismembering and eating his former lover.

Police said they could not immediately confirm if the body parts in question were the missing extremities of Chinese student Jun Lin, whose hand and foot were discovered last week when they were mailed to Canada's top political parties.

The suspect, Luka Rocco Magnotta (29) was caught on Monday in Berlin, after evading police for days while he partied in Paris. He told German authorities he would not fight extradition to Canada.

Vancouver Deputy Police Chief Warren Lemcke said a package containing what appeared to be a human hand was opened by staff at False Creek Elementary School yesterday afternoon. Another package containing what appeared to be a human foot was found by staff at St George's private school for boys later in the day. The British Columbia Coroner's Service and the Vancouver police's major crime investigators have been called in.

"There is no indication any student or staff has been targeted at any school," Lemcke said.

"This must have been a very traumatic incident for all involved in the schools involved in opening the packages and the Vancouver Police Department will assist any way we can with our victims services section," he added.

Video footage of what authorities believe to be the killing seems to show the suspect eating the body, said police in Montreal, where the death occurred.

Montreal Police Commander Ian Lafreniere said that although police have not been able to conclusively confirm it, they suspect Magnotta ate parts of the victim's body.

"As gross and as graphic as it could be, yes, it was seen on the video," Lafreniere said.

Authorities allege Magnotta filmed the slaying in his Montreal studio apartment and posted it online.

A copy of what police believe is the video of the killing shows a man with an ice pick stabbing another naked, bound male.

He also dismembers the corpse and performs sexual acts with it.

It did not show anyone eating the body but did show a man using a fork and knife on it. Police suggested that they have access to more extensive video of the killing, possibly an unedited version.

"We're keeping some details for ourselves," Lafreniere said.

Shortly after the killing, authorities say, Magnotta flew from Montreal to Paris.

Scores of French police hunting for him were inundated with hundreds of tips and alleged sightings of the suspect, whose photo was splashed in newspaper papers, TV screens and websites worldwide thanks to an Interpol alert.

The suspect monitored news reports about what police knew and took steps to evade authorities.

Witnesses contacted French police with claims of having seen Magnotta partying in the Bastille area of east Paris, according to a police spokesman.

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