MONTREAL – The head found this weekend in Angrignon park in LaSalle Montreal, is indeed that of Lin Jun, the victim of the alleged “Canadian Canniball” Luka Rocco Magnotta. This was confirmed by Montreal Police (SPVM), Wednesday afternoon in a statement.
A tip led investigators to a small lake in Angrignon Park in the southwest Montreal neighbourhood of Ville Émard Sunday where they found what appeared to be a human head, a police source said.The Police Service of the City of Montreal (SPVM) could then confirm that it was indeed the head of Lin Jun, the Chinese national whose body was found dismembered in Montreal and Ottawa.
Human remains were sent for analysis at the Laboratory of Forensic Science and Forensic Medicine of Montreal.
Wednesday, the police still refused to confirm whether the information that led them to the head of Magnotta Jun Lin came from himself or from another source.
The missing piece
Since the arrival of Magnotta in Canada after being captured in a cafe in German, SPVM investigators were seeking a confession of the alleged killer, trying to uncover the whereabouts of the head of his alleged victim.
The discovery of the human head of Jun Lin was a missing element important for investigators, after a series of grisly discoveries across the country.
The torso of Lin Jun was found in a suitcase placed in a pile of garbage in the Côte-des-Neiges on May 29.
The same day, two parcels sent from Montreal containing respectively one foot and one hand were found in Ottawa. The human foot had been sent to the headquarters of the Conservative Party, while the hand was for the headquarters of the Liberal Party of Canada.
A few days later, on June 5, two packages containing a foot and a hand and also from the city were discovered in two schools in Vancouver.
Analyses later demonstrated that these human body parts all belonged to Jun Lin, a Chinese student at Concordia University.
Luka Magnotta Rocca was formally charged with the folowing crimes:
- First degree murder;
- Committing an indignity to a dead body;
- Publishing obscene material;
- Mailing “obscene, indecent, immoral or scurrilous” material; and
- Criminally harassing Canadian Prime MinisterStephen Harper and several (unnamed) members of Parliament.
Magnotta’s lawyers did not request a psychiatric assessment of their client. Having pleaded not guilty to the charges, the accused must be tried before a jury.
Preliminary investigation of Magnotta is scheduled for next March, while a conference should be held in January 2013.