|Luka Magnotta. (PHOTO TAKEN FROM HIS PERSONAL WEBSITE LUKA-MAGNOTTA.COM)
MONTREAL — Court was adjourned for the day after accused murderer Luka Magnotta collapsed in the prisoner's box during his preliminary hearing Tuesday morning after the Crown presented video evidence.
Magnotta, 30, seldom looked at the screen above the prisoner's box, which was broadcasting the video evidence. Instead, he kept a curled hand over his mouth and repeatedly appeared to wipe his eyes.
Specifics of the evidence presented is under a temporary publication ban.
When the presentation was over, the court guard asked for a five-minute recess, and Magnotta collapsed to the floor.
Tuesday was the seventh day of Magnotta's preliminary hearing. The Toronto-area native is accused of murdering and dismembering Chinese student Jun Lin, 33, in Montreal in May 2012.
Magnotta is charged with first-degree murder, indignity to a human body, producing and distributing obscene material, using the postal service to distribute obscene material, and harassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament.
The courtroom was silent during the video evidence.
Diran Lin, Jun Lin's father, who has been in and out of the hearing since leaving the courtroom in tears last week, was not in court Tuesday to witness the video evidence.
Earlier Tuesday, the Crown presented two witnesses: a former Canada Post employee, Vee Fong Law, followed by Montreal police digital crime analyst Nadine Paoliello.
The hearing resumes Wednesday.