BRAMPTON, Ont. — A Toronto man who murdered his ex-girlfriend and chopped her into pieces was sentenced on Friday to life in prison.
The gruesome saga began when a group of hikers near Mississauga's Credit River discover a severed human foot, its toe nails painted yellow.
The next day, a woman's head was found wrapped in a grocery bag one kilometre up river.
More body parts soon turn up 40 km away in Toronto’s Scarborough area, a macabre puzzle that included a decomposing female torso stuffed in a suitcase that was floating in the lake.
This is what murderer Chun Qi Jiang did to his former girlfriend Guang Hua Liu, 41, when she dared to break off their four-year, on-again, off-again relationship on Aug. 10, 2012.
First, the 42-year-old Scarborough construction worker killed her with what the pathologist believes is either a cleaver or a hatchet, inflicting 51 "chop" wounds, most to her head and face.
And when Liu was dead in his basement, Jiang cut her body into pieces and tried to disperse her remains so that her three children and her parents would never know what became of her.
"Who could actually do something like that?" prosecutor Brian McGuire would ask two years later.
In a Brampton court Friday, Jiang was sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 18 years after a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder in June. He declined his right to address the court.
"Homicide is the ultimate act of domestic violence," Justice Gisele Miller said in delivering the automatic life sentence.