Trial begins for website owner who posted Magnotta video

EDMONTON -- A trial is to start today for an Edmonton website owner accused of posting an infamous video of Luka Magnotta dismembering a Chinese university student in Montreal.

See Full Article

Mark Marek, who founded, was arrested a year after the 2012 killing of Jun Lin.

Marek, who is 41, has pleaded not guilty to publishing obscene material -- a charge under the corrupting morals section in the Criminal Code and which carries a maximum sentence of two years.

Police have alleged Magnotta sent Marek the video and that Marek posted it online knowing it depicted a real killing.

The video, titled "1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick," shows a man in a dark hoodie stabbing an already dead Lin and eventually cutting the body into pieces.

Magnotta was convicted in 2014 of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

The porn actor and escort admitted to killing and dismembering Lin and to mailing the man's hands and feet to political offices in Ottawa and schools in Vancouver. Police in Montreal found Lin's torso in a suitcase.

Magnotta's lawyer argued in court that his client was not criminally responsible for his actions due to a mental disorder. A jury found him guilty after eight days of deliberations.

The gruesome 10-minute video was shown at Magnotta's trial.

An officer testified that it appeared on various sites under different titles and, while some sites removed it at the request of police, resisted.

In a previous email to The Canadian Press, Marek said he removed the video the same day police publicly identified Magnotta as a suspect.

He also said, in a post on his site, that he initially thought the video was a bad joke and he suggested that the site's users had helped identify Magnotta before the police did."I've dedicated my life to fight against Evil and Lies and I know that God and Truth are on my side," he wrote.

Marek, a native of Slovakia, declined an interview before the trial.

He is out on bail and acting as his own lawyer.

His website is still operating. It advertises itself as a reality news website for adults only. It opens with a content warning.

"Videos and images posted on Best Gore are bloody, gut wrenching, teeth grinding, offensive and upsetting. Just as the life itself," it says.

"Best Gore exposes the truth about the humans as a whole and the truth is not always nice."

Police have described the site as disturbingly violent and racist and said it has had as many as 10 million viewers.


Latest Canada & World News

  • 'White power' parking lot rant prompts police investigation

    Canada News CTV News
    Video of a racist tirade over a parking spot has gone viral online and prompted a police investigation in Abbotsford, B.C. The two-minute video shows an enraged white man with greying hair, wearing track pants and a mixed martial arts T-shirt, spitting a slew of racist terms at Ravi Duhra, a Canadian lawyer of South Asian descent, who is filming the incident on his phone. Source
  • British Airways flight makes emergency landing in Vancouver with ill crew

    Canada News CTV News
    LONDON - British Airways says a plane travelling from San Francisco to London diverted to Vancouver after members of the crew reported feeling ill. The airline says the 22 crew members and about two passengers have been taken to hospital for medical checks as a precaution. Source
  • Hacked emails show Clinton campaign carefully considered staff diversity

    World News Toronto Sun
    WASHINGTON — Senior staff members on Hillary Clinton’s nascent campaign were conscious about diversity in the top ranks two months before the Democratic presidential candidate formally announced her bid, according to hacked emails from the personal account of a top campaign official. Source
  • Man dead, 2 children hurt after jump from New Jersey bridge

    World News CTV News
    WANAQUE, N.J. - A man who jumped off a New Jersey highway bridge with his two children is dead, and the children are injured. State police say the man jumped from an overpass into a wooded area near the Wanaque River on Monday night. Source
  • Police to reveal details from suspicious-death investigation in southwestern Ontario

    Canada News CTV News
    Ontario police are set to provide an update Tuesday morning into a “multi-jurisdiction” death investigation believed to be related to the actions of a former registered nurse in a long-term-care facility. Senior members of the Woodstock Police Services, London Police Services and the Ontario Provincial Police are set to hold a news conference at 10 a.m. Source
  • Teen in clown mask brandishing a hammer stabbed in Germany

    World News Toronto Sun
    BERLIN — German police say a teenager’s attempt to frighten a group of young people by wearing a clown mask and brandishing a hammer on a Berlin street turned out very badly. Berlin police said Tuesday that a 14-year-old responded by pulling a knife and stabbing the clown, only to find that the clown was a 16-year-old acquaintance. Source
  • 'This war isn’t over'; Cadets, recruits among dead after militants attack Pakistan police academy

    World News Toronto Sun
    QUETTA, Pakistan — Gunmen stormed a police training centre late Monday in Pakistan’s restive Baluchistan province and detonated explosive vests, killing at least 48 police trainees, authorities said. Baluchistan’s top health official, Noorul Haq, said at least 116 people were wounded — mostly police trainees and some paramilitary troops. Source
  • Multiple police forces probe southwestern Ontario deaths

    Canada News CBC News
    Ontario Provincial Police say they will provide an update this morning on an investigation into multiple deaths spanning several southwestern Ontario communities and police jurisdictions. The provincial police will hold a media conference at 10 a.m. Source
  • Former Woodstock, Ont. nurse involved in southwestern Ontario death probe

    Canada News CBC News
    Ontario Provincial Police say they will provide an update this morning on an investigation into multiple deaths spanning several southwestern Ontario communities and police jurisdictions. The provincial police will hold a media conference at 10 a.m. Source
  • Vatican: No more scattering of cremation ashes

    World News CTV News
    VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican on Tuesday published guidelines for Catholics who want to be cremated, saying their remains cannot be scattered, divvied up or kept at home but rather stored in a sacred, church-approved place. Source