Credits: MONTREAL POLICE
MONTREAL - Officials at a jail in east-end Montreal are preparing for a possible visit by suspected body-parts killer Luka Rocco Magnotta.
The head of the prison guards' union tells QMI Agency that Magnotta might be a target "who should be monitored closely" if he's extradited from Germany back to Canada to face trial in the murder of his gay lover.
Stephane Lemire says Riviere-des-Prairies detention centre would be best equipped to hold Magnotta, whose trial will be held in Montreal.
"We'll have him for a long time in the provincial prison system, since it can take several years before he's judged," said Lemire.
"Of course we will monitor him closely, because of the horrific crimes of which he's been accused and the media coverage."
Magnotta, a former gay porn actor and stripper, is accused of killing and dismembering Chinese national Jun Lin last month.
In a video police say was taken of the grisly killing, posted on the Internet, Lin is seen being stabbed to death with an ice pick and dismembered. The film also shows cannibalistic and necrophilic acts.
Lin's hands and feet were mailed to political parties in Ottawa as well as two schools in Vancouver. His torso was found in a suitcase outside Magnotta's apartment building, where cops say the murder took place.
Lemire says Magnotta will be kept in a high-security wing to prevent acts of vengeance.
"The problem is to determine where they are going to put him," said Lemire.
"He will not have cellmate and I would not want to be in the same cell with him."
Magnotta is already being kept in isolation in Germany, where the 29-year-old Toronto native is awaiting extradition to Canada following an international manhunt that made headlines around the world.
He was arrested last week after 10 days on the run following Lin's murder.
Lawyer Jean-Claude Bernheim tells QMI that Magnotta will have more to fear from other prisoners than they will from him.
Bernheim says Magnotta should be treated in the same way as Ontario schoolgirl killer Paul Bernardo.
"These inmates must be completely isolated from the rest of the prison population," he said.
"(Other prisoners) react just the same way as the public when faced with such crimes - with indignation, rebellion and rejection."
Bernheim says isolation cases like Magnotta's can cause logistical headaches for guards and wardens.
Magnotta, known to be hungry for attention might have to get used to being alone for many years, far from civilization, if he's convicted, said Bernheim.
The lawyer said that if Magnotta is convicted, he would likely be shipped to a prison in Port-Cartier, Que., 860 km northeast of Montreal, which houses sexual deviants.