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Monday, April 07, 2014

So called remorse did not sway Toronto Jury from delivery of a Just Verdict in Web Cam Murder



A jury did not sway from hearing Brian Dickson's claim that he has been absolutely remorseful for a very, very long period of time  and has found him Guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Qian Liu which has been referred to in the media as "The Web Cam" Murder.


It only took four hours of deliberations, for the jury  to deliver a just first-degree verdict, which means the jury believes Dickson intentionally killed the 23-year-old woman in the course of a sexual assault.
Liu’s father wiped tears from his eyes as the verdict was delivered, while there was no reaction from Dickson.
Liu had been chatting via webcam with her ex-boyfriend in China in the early morning hours of April 15, 2011, when he saw a man force his way into Liu’s room and knock her down.
The Crown’s theory was that Dickson – who was a tenant in the same building – forced himself on Liu then killed her by mechanical asphyxiation to cover it up.
Mr. Dickson has always had his eyes wide open.”
Ontario Superior Court Judge Anne Molloy had told the jury they should have no difficulty finding that the man Liu’s ex-boyfriend, Xian Meng, saw was Dickson.
Dickson forced his way inside while Liu was pushing at his chest and saying “no,” Meng testified. Dickson pushed Liu down off camera and after the sound of two muffled bangs Meng said he heard no more sounds from Liu.
After a period of silence he heard Dickson breathing heavily and moments later he appeared naked in front of the webcam and turned off the computer, Meng testified.
Liu was found dead mostly naked and face down on the floor of her room. An earring was missing from one ear, her nightgown was rolled up to her chest and her underwear and tights were in the corner of the room. Semen was found on her thigh and groin and a bodily fluid likely either semen or saliva was on her breasts.
The semen, which a forensic biologist testified matched Mr. Dickson’s DNA to an astronomical probability, was not deposited on Liu until after she was dead, the Crown suggested. Blood – matched to a similarly high probability to Liu – was also found on a blue T-shirt belonging to Dickson.
No DNA other than Liu’s was found inside her mouth or genitals, the jury heard.

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