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‘Webcam Killer’ Found Guilty of Murdering Chinese Student

Undated handout photo of Qian Liu, a 23-year-old York University student
Qian Liu, a 23-year-old York University student, is seen in this undated handout photo. Her killer was convicted of first degree murder in a Toronto court on Monday. Reuters

Brian Dickson, 32, was found guilty of first-degree murder by a Toronto court for sexually assaulting and strangling to death a Chinese college student in an April 2011 attack that was partly witnessed by her former boyfriend during an online video call

A 32-year-old man was found guilty Monday of the first-degree murder of a Chinese student in Toronto that was captured on webcam.

A jury took only four hours to a hand down a guilty verdict to Brian Dickson. He broke into the apartment of Qian Liu on April 15, 2011, and made sexual advances toward the York University student before strangling her to death.

Qian’s ex-boyfriend, Xian Chao Meng, testified at the trial that he had been video chatting with her and witnessed Dickson enter the apartment and assault Liu before her computer was disabled.

The victim’s parents were present in the courtroom on Monday when the guilty verdict was handed down.

“We believe the Canadian judicial system is very good and very fair,” said Qian’s father Jian Hui Liu following the verdict, according to the Toronto Sun.

“This is not simply a crime against my daughter, but also against the whole society.”

Dickson will serve a life sentence for the murder with no parole option for 25 years.

[Tornoto Sun]

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