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Friday, March 15, 2013

U.K. journalist called to testify at Luka Magnotta hearing

By ,QMI Agency
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MONTREAL - The British journalist who once interviewed accused killer Luka Magnotta testified at his preliminary hearing Thursday.
Alex West, from The Sun in London, interviewed the former small-time porn actor in December 2011 while the Canadian was living in Britain.
A story on the interview appeared in the tabloid about five months before Chinese student Jun Lin was killed and cut to pieces in Montreal.
The 30-year-old Toronto-area native faces charges including first-degree murder and indignity to a human body.
On Thursday, Crown attorney Louis Bouthillier asked the British reporter a question at which point the witness looked directly at Magnotta, who was seated in the prisoners' box.
There was no reaction from the defendant, who wore a burgundy T-shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers.
His lawyer, Luc Leclair, raised an objection three minutes into West's testimony.
A second objection a few minutes later, over a piece of evidence, led to a mid-morning delay in the testimony.
West and the British newspaper were represented by a lawyer in Quebec court.
The body-parts case drew international attention last June when Magnotta fled to France and Germany before he was arrested and brought back to Canada.
The British reporter who took the stand Thursday is one of several journalists who are covering the preliminary hearing for foreign media.

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