'Canadian Psycho' collapses at pre-trial

2013-03-19 21:24
Luka Rocco Magnotta (Picture: AP)

Luka Rocco Magnotta (Picture: AP)

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Montreal - A former porn actor accused of murdering and dismembering a Chinese man collapsed in court on Tuesday, said Canada's public broadcaster CBC.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, 30, reportedly asked for a break in the preliminary hearing in which a judge must decide if there is enough evidence for a trial, stood up and collapsed on the courtroom floor.

The so-called "Canadian Psycho" has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder and other charges, including committing indignities to a body and harassing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Police have said the man, who had occasionally worked as a gay porn actor and male prostitute, used an ice pick to stab his 33-year-old victim before carving up his body, sexually abusing the corpse, filming the act and posting the video online.

Days after the killing, police discovered the victim's torso in a suitcase by the trash outside an apartment along a busy highway in Montreal.

His severed hands and feet were sent through the mail to federal political parties in Ottawa and to two schools in Vancouver.

The head was found in a Montreal park months later.

The media dubbed Magnotta the "Canadian Psycho" because the soundtrack from the movie "American Psycho" was playing in the background of the video of the alleged murder that was posted online.

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