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‘Serial killer’ charged with five murders had been banned from Toronto’s gay village

Bruce McArthur allegedly used a gay dating app to target 'submissive men'.

By Fabio Crispim

A Toronto man charged over the deaths of five men was previously banned from the city’s gay village, according to new reports. 

Bruce McArthur, a landscaper, was arrested last month and charged over the deaths of two men in Toronto before police discovered the remains of at least three more men in plant pots at a garden McArthur had worked at. 

Court records seen by The Daily Mail state that McArthur allegedly bludgeoned a man with a metal pipe in 2001 and was convicted on three other charges in 2003, including possession of a dangerous weapon, assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm. 

He was sentenced to two years and three years probation. In addition, McArthur was banned from Toronto’s gay village.

Top row: Suspected victims Majeed Kayhan (Left), Dean Wisowick (Centre) and Soroush Marmudi (Right). Bottom row: Selim Essen (Left) and Andrew Kinsman (Right).

He was given a 10pm curfew, forbidden from possessing firearms or weapons and was told to abstain from taking poppers, a popular drug in the gay community. Along with this, McArthur underwent psychological and psychiatric counseling.

On the morning of McArthur’s arrest, police stormed his home and found a naked man chained to a radiator.

The 66-year-old was charged with the murders of Selim Essen and Andrew Kinsman and it was later discovered that Kinsman and McArthur were involved in a sexual relationship for “some time”.

Bruce McArthur has been charged with the murders of five men.

During the investigation, police interviewed three other men who claim to have dated McArthur, each of whom said they stopped dating him after his sexual demands made them feel uncomfortable.

Reports have also suggested that McArthur used Recon, a gay fetish dating app, and had been searching for “submissive men of all ages.” 

Soon after McArthur’s arrest, the remains of Dean Lisowick, Majeed Kayhan and Soroush Marmudi were discovered in plant pots at a home the killer had worked at.

Police have now launched a search on over 30 properties McArthur had worked at.