Building Manager Says Magnotta Alleged to Have a Child When Renting Apartment

According to last years’ testimony of Luka Magnotta’s building manager, Eric Schorer, Magnotta alleged to have a child while filling out the application form in March 2012 to rent an apartment on Decarie Blvd. and seemed polite and normal. Schorer, who passed away earlier this year, mentioned at the preliminary hearing that Magnotta paid him $490 per month in cash or by cheque for the second-floor, furnished bachelor suite.

Today, the court heard a recording of Schorer’s testimony, which said that “he didn’t have a job when he applied so we asked for his bank statement, which he provided,” and “he said he was from Toronto but wanted to live here because he had a child in the area.” It was explained that a few months after Magnotta rented the apartment, the building’s janitor found a suitcase outside that stank and was covered in maggots. Schorer alleged that “I told him to check it out and he said there was a torso inside,” and so “I told him to call the police.”

33-year-old Magnotta has confessed to killing and dismembering Lin Jun, mailing his body parts to Ottawa and Vancouver, and dumping his head in Angrignon Park. But his lawyer, Luc Leclair, claims that his mental state prevented him from fully understanding the nature of his acts and inquired Schorer to further describe Magnotta’s tone of voice beyond just “normal.” Schorer explained that “well if someone came in screaming we wouldn’t rent them an apartment,” adding that “he had a very deep voice and was polite.”

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