Warning: Due to the nature of the trial, this story contains graphic content.
MONTREAL - The murder trial of Luka Rocco Magnotta has heard that he moved into the apartment complex where Jun Lin was killed in March 2012, saying that he was from Toronto and had moved to Montreal for work and to be close to his child.
Though there has been no evidence that Magnotta ever fathered a child, that's what he told Eric Schorer, the building manager, who learned on May 29, 2012 that a suitcase put out for the trash several days prior contained a headless torso that was later identified as belonging to Lin.
The building's janitor reported to Schorer that he had found maggots around the suitcase.
“It was very smelly,” he said in an audio recording of his testimony recorded at the preliminary hearing for the trial. The recording was played for the jury because Schorer died earlier this year.
Schorer identified Magnotta as the tenant to whom he rented the apartment, a $490-a-month furnished unit, that was leased month-to-month.
Tenants were required to give a month's notice before moving out, but Schorer said Magnotta gave no notice when he moved his belongings out of the apartment and fled the country after the killing.
Schorer also testified that the building was equipped with four security cameras, though no footage from the cameras has been played for the jury.
Magnotta's lawyer, Luc Leclair, has told the jury that his client admits to the killing but is pleading not guilty because his psychological condition rendered him not criminally responsible for the crime.
On Wednesday, the court heard intimate details of Jun Lin's life from his former lover, Feng Lin, who testified that he left Montreal for China less than two weeks before the killing. Though they had ended their relationship, the two remained friends and exchanged regular text messages. The last one Feng Lin received from the victim was around midnight on May 24, shortly before Jun Lin is believed to have been killed by Magnotta.
Leclair nevertheless introduced evidence from Jun Lin's computer showing that he had accessed hardcore gay pornography in the days before he was killed and may have had casual sexual encounters.