Pig producer on trial in large murder case
Jurors in Canada will today begin hearing evidence against a pig producer
accused of serial killings at his 7-hectare farm near
The man, 56, is charged with the murders of 26 women, most of whom were
prostitutes and drug addicts who disappeared from the city's impoverished
Eastside neighbourhood in the 1990s.
The pig farmer has pleaded not
guilty to six first-degree murder charges in his first trial, which is expected
to last at least one year.
Only few of the
details of the evidence have been made public in Canada, due to a strict
publication ban. What has come to light is grim: body parts discovered in a
freezer; a woodchipper, where the women's bodies were believed to have been
disposed of; and the public health warning that the pigs believed to have been
fed on human remains were then slaughtered and put into the human food chain â€”
along with, perhaps, human meat itself.
If convicted on more than 14
charges, the man would become the worst serial killer in Canadian
The trial will be Canada's largest-ever murder trial by
jury. Over 240 witnesses are expected to be heard and more than 300 reporters
are accredited to cover the case.
The man was arrested in February
2002 and has been in custody since then.
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