'Canadian Psycho' suspect will not challenge extradition

A porn actor dubbed the "Canadian Psycho" for allegedly killing and chopping up another man was taken to a Berlin prison Tuesday after telling a judge he would not fight his extradition from Germany.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, was arrested Monday at a Berlin Internet cafe on suspicion he murdered a 33-year-old Chinese student in Canada last month with an ice pick and hacked apart his body while filming the grisly killing.

"He has been before the judge, who has confirmed the arrest," Martin Steltner, a spokesman for the Berlin public prosecutor's office said, the day after Magnotta's capture in the German capital following a days-long global manhunt.

"He said he would not fight the extradition," Steltner added.

The case came to light after body parts were mailed to political party offices in Ottawa, triggering an international search that started in Montreal and shifted to Paris before ending in dramatic fashion in Berlin.

Magnotta was driven to the imposing red-brick Moabit prison in central Berlin in a police van past a dozen or so waiting reporters.

German authorities have asked Canada to provide the necessary documents for Magnotta's extradition.

As soon as they arrive, a judge will rule on sending Magnotta back to Canada, Steltner said ahead of the hearing, adding that the procedure normally takes several days.

"We will see what the extradition process will bring," he said, adding it "will be easier and will be faster" now that Magnotta has said he would not fight it.

He noted, however, that Magnotta could still change his mind.

German police faced little resistance when they picked the suspect up in Neukoelln, a working-class district of the capital, after a tip-off.

He initially tried to give a false identity before conceding simply, "You got me," Steltner said.

A video from the cafe's security camera circulating on German media showed police leading a suspect wearing sunglasses and a dark hooded jacket with his hands handcuffed behind his back out of the cafe.

The cafe owner, Kadir Anlayisli, told German television station NTV: "'That's him,' I said. 100 percent that's him. So I went outside and stopped a police car and said: 'There's someone sitting in there that looks like the porno-killer'."

Before the hearing, Steltner had said there was no evidence the suspect had committed any crime in Germany and that investigators did not know exactly what he was doing in Berlin following his arrival on Friday by bus from Paris.

"Canadian and German authorities are working together and legal representatives too," a spokeswoman for the Canadian embassy in Berlin said, declining further comment.

Initial reports said the victim, Lin Jun, was Magnotta's lover, but Chinese media reports Tuesday quoted Lin's friends as saying they were not in a relationship.

Magnotta, also dubbed the "Butcher of Montreal", has been wanted since last week when Lin's severed hand and foot were sent by mail to Conservative and Liberal party offices.

Lin's torso was found in a suitcase left for garbage collection outside Magnotta's Montreal apartment.

Montreal police said Monday that Magnotta may be responsible for other unsolved crimes.

"When we are faced with this kind of individual, we think of other crimes," police spokesman Ian Lafreniere told reporters.

Interpol had issued a Red Notice wanted-persons alert for Magnotta, also known as Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov, to its 190 member countries after a video purportedly showing the gruesome murder surfaced online.

In the video, which Canadian police have reportedly said shows the crime, a man repeatedly stabs another man with an ice pick and dismembers him, as a song from the soundtrack of the film "American Psycho" plays in the background.

Canadian investigators said Magnotta boarded a France-bound plane on May 26 in Montreal.

Two passengers who said they sat next to him on the six-hour flight told French radio he had appeared nervous and was crying.

"He was nervous during the flight. He was clearly hiding his face," one passenger said.

"At one he point he disappeared and I got worried -- we're all a bit paranoid on flights -- and I thought, 'He's put a bomb in the toilets.'"

With the help of Magnotta's cell phone signal, police traced him to a hotel in the Parisian suburb of Bagnolet, a French police source said.

The hunt then turned Monday to an international bus station in Paris where video surveillance footage showed he had boarded a bus to Germany.

Magnotta travelled to Berlin from Paris under a false name, Tramell, French police said.

Catherine Tramell was the main character in the 1992 film "Basic Instinct". Played by Sharon Stone, she uses an ice pick to murder a lover.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Philippines backs support for small enterprises at APEC meet

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' top trade official on Saturday called for support for the integration of micro, small and medium enterprises in global trade, which he said would help reduce poverty and inequality in the Asia-Pacific region. …

  • US renews travel warning to Mindanao
    US renews travel warning to Mindanao

    The US State Department renewed its warning about the risks of travel to the Philippines, in particular to the Sulu archipelago, certain regions and cities of Mindanao and the southern Sulu Sea area. In an update on Wednesday of a travel warning it issued Nov. 20, 2014, the State Department said US citizens should continue to defer non-essential travel to the Sulu archipelago due to the high threat of kidnapping of international travelers and violence linked to insurgency and terrorism there. …

  • Phl gains support for APEC Action Agenda
    Phl gains support for APEC Action Agenda

    The Philippine initiative to put the interests of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) front and center in global and regional trade has made significant progress following the conclusion on Thursday of the 2nd APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM2) and Related Meetings in Boracay, Aklan. Called “The Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs,” the Philippine proposal calls for a host of specific, concrete and practical interventions that APEC economies can implement to provide MSMEs wider …

  • Phl to join Bangkok meet on Rohingya crisis next week
    Phl to join Bangkok meet on Rohingya crisis next week

    The Philippines will join a 15-nation meeting in Bangkok, Thailand next week to address the migration crisis involving thousands of Rohingyas who escaped persecution in Myanmar and Bangladesh. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima bared this yesterday after meeting with United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) representative to the Philippines Bernard Kerblat. In an interview, De Lima said the Philippine government has been invited to the meeting. …

  • Magnitude 4.2 quake jolts Sorsogon
    Magnitude 4.2 quake jolts Sorsogon

    LEGAZPI CITY—A magnitude 4.2 earthquake hit Prieto Diaz town in Sorsogon before dawn yesterday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. …

  • Drought-resistant rice breeds bared
    Drought-resistant rice breeds bared

    SCIENCE CITY OF MUÑOZ, Nueva Ecija – Amid the searing heat, the Philippine Rice Research Institute central experiment station here has identified nine rice breeds which have been proven to be drought-resistant and produce high yields in temperatures as high as 38°C based on a recent study. Thelma Padolina, lead researcher of the study titled “Screening of rice-induced mutants for heat and drought tolerance,” identified the breeding lines as the Ballatinaw lines, PSB Rc72H and Azucena lines. …

  • Phl, US assert rights, ignore China warning
    Phl, US assert rights, ignore China warning

    The United States military will continue air and sea patrols in international waters even after the Chinese navy repeatedly warned a US surveillance plane to leave the airspace over artificial islands China is creating in the disputed South China Sea. The Philippine government also declared it would continue activities in the region, calling on China to respect freedom of navigation and aviation. “Our position on the importance of letting freedom of navigation, freedom of aviation and …

  • MM shutdown eyed for quake drill; 6 schools warned
    MM shutdown eyed for quake drill; 6 schools warned

    Electricity and mobile phone services would be cut throughout Metro Manila, and all private and government offices and businesses, including shopping malls, would be closed. That would be the situation on July 16 between 3 and 8 p.m. to simulate the scenario of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has warned that an earthquake of that magnitude could occur and kill at least 33,500 people and injure at least 113,600 others following a …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options