June 21, 2012 5:03 AM ET
Luka Rocco Magnotta, accused of killing and dismembering Chinese student Jun Lin, has appeared in person at the Montreal courthouse for a possible psychiatric evaluation request.
Only seven journalists were granted access to the courthouse Thursday afternoon, and they had to pass through a metal detector.
The accused has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and four other charges in the grisly killing in late May of Lin, a 33-year-old Concordia University student.
Magnotta, 29, is accused of mailing Lin’s body parts to different places including the Ottawa offices of the Conservative Party of Canada, the Liberal Party of Canada and two Vancouver schools. He is also accused of posting a video of the events on the internet.
The charges he faces include defiling Lin’s corpse, harassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and members of Parliament, and publishing and mailing obscene material.
After Magnotta’s highly publicized Tuesday arraignment, his lawyer Pierre Panaccio said he’d weigh the option of requesting a psychological assessment, ahead of any trial proceedings.
If his lawyer does request a psychological assessment and the court accepts, Magnotta would be transferred to a psychiatric institution, likely Montreal’s Pinel Institute, for a maximum of 30 days.
Magnotta wasextradited from Germany to Montreal aboard a Canadian Forces aircraft on June 18, accompanied by a heavy security detail that included local police investigators, RCMP officers and Canadian Border Services authorities.
His extradition came two weeks after his June 4 arrest in Berlin at a cybercafé, where an employee recognized him from photos issued by Interpol.
The international police agency orchestrated a global manhunt for Magnotta after Montreal police issued a warrant for his arrest.
Chinese national Jun Lin was a student at Concordia University.
Magnotta is currently being held at a detention centre in Rivières-des-Prairies, a borough on the eastern edge of the island of Montreal.
Jun Lin’s torso was found in a suitcase outside an apartment in Montreal on May 29, the same day his hand and foot were mailed to the Ottawa offices of the federal Conservative and Liberal parties.
His other hand and foot were discovered by staff opening packages at two schools in Vancouver several days later.
Lin’s family has travelled to Montreal from China to retrieve his remains. Lin’s head has yet to be found nearly a month after his death.
The victim’s family have kept a low profile since their arrival in Canada. Earlier this month they published an open letter in which they said their son was the family’s “pride and joy.”
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
his path of destiny = 35 = Defense. Defending Luka.
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