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Luka Magnotta wants public banned from court hearing

By Sherene Chen-See     Mar 4, 2013 in Crime
The man who is accused of murdering and dismembering Montreal student Jun Lin, videotaping the incident and posting it on the Internet, now wants all members of the public banned from his upcoming hearing.
Oddly, Luka Magnotta, who thrived in the spotlight of Internet recognition for his hideous (alleged) crimes, doesn't want to be centre of attention anymore. According to CTV News, Magnotta's lawyer, Luc Leclair, has filed a motion to bar everyone from the room except the judge, the prosecution and defense lawyers, and the court clerk.
The unusual request has been made on grounds related to Magnotta's personal and medical history, reports The Globe and Mail. The specific reason has not been disclosed. The motion will be debated next Monday and the Crown prosecutor's office is not planning to make any statements until after the debate.
It is an unexpected move from a man who has craved attention for so long.
Magnotta's preliminary trial should begin soon after the motion is debated, and it will last at least two weeks. A publication ban on the contents of the preliminary hearing is already in place.
Magnotta allegedly lured Chinese foreign student Lin to his Montreal apartment, murdered him, committed indignities to Lin's corpse, dismembered him and mailed body parts to political party headquarters and schools around Canada. He fled Canada before police realized his involvement in the case, and was tracked through France to Germany with the help of Interpol. He was eventually arrested at an Internet cafe in Germany after spending time surfing for stories about himself on the web. His high security return to Canada cost taxpayers over $300,000. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Lin was a quiet, intelligent, and highly respected engineering student at Concordia University. Upon hearing of the loss of their son, Lin's parents flew from China to Canada and they plan to remain here for the duration of the trial.
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