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Canada Murder trial hears from British reporter who interviewed Magnotta in 2011

Luka Rocco Magnotta is pictured in Berlin in a court photo.

The Canadian Press

A British newspaper received an e-mail believed to be from Luka Rocco Magnotta that suggested the death of a human was being planned just months before Jun Lin's slaying, the jury heard Tuesday.

Alex West, a reporter for the London-based Sun, interviewed Mr. Magnotta in December, 2011, at a hotel room above a pub in Wembley over allegations the accused posted videos of cat killings.

Audio of the roughly 30-minute exchange between Mr. Magnotta and Mr. West, recorded surreptitiously by the journalist, was heard in court Wednesday.

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It marked one of the first instances Mr. Magnotta has been heard speaking extensively as he has uttered few words since the beginning of his first-degree murder trial.

Two days after the interview with a "cocky" and "defensive" Mr. Magnotta, Mr. West and his employer received an e-mail from a man they believed was Mr. Magnotta who suggested he was intending to kill a human and film the event in the near future.

"Next time you hear from me it will be in a movie I am producing, that will have some humans in it," the author wrote near the end of the e-mail, sent Dec. 10, 2011.

The e-mail, which was rife with spelling and grammatical mistakes, was written under the name John Kilbride, but referenced a meeting with a "sexy" Sun journalist, leading the paper and Mr. West to believe Mr. Magnotta had authored it.

"We believed this e-mail to be from Mr. Magnotta," Mr. West said, adding officials at the paper alerted police.

Mr. West's testimony, given via video from the Canadian High Commission in London, is key as the Crown sets out to prove Mr. Magnotta's acts were planned and deliberate.

The Crown contends the accused was planning a murder as much as six months in advance, as indicated in the e-mail. Mr. Magnotta is charged with first-degree murder in Mr. Lin's slaying and dismemberment in May, 2012.

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He has admitted the physical acts of which he's accused but has pleaded not guilty by way of mental disorder.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Guy Cournoyer told the jury the case is proceeding well and lawyers agreed to take a break Wednesday before the trial resumes Thursday.

The Crown could wrap up its case some time next week, Mr. Cournoyer said.

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