"There are no similar offenders to Mr. McArthur", Harper said to the court.
McArthur asked the victim to lie on the coat and instructed him to put an arm behind his back.
He said police moved in when they realised McArthur had someone in his home.
In all, McArthur was charged with the murders Kinsman, Navaratnam, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Abdulbasir Faizi, and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.
The property where police say they recovered the remains of at least six people from planters.
Numerous victims' families and friends wept in court as Cantlon went through each of the murders. Those factors, he said, likely played a direct role in their undetected disappearances and deaths.
"Some victims were forced to live parts of their life in secret because of their orientation. Some lacked stable housing". Mr. McArthur told the man to lie down.
The victims fit a pattern: Most were of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent and lived on the margins of Canadian society.
Cantlon said most of the killings were facilitated under the pretense of sex.
McArthur kept a large cache of photographs of each of his victims - when they were alive and dead.
Prosecutor Michael Cantlon said McArthur would later access some of the photos long after the killings.
Gay serial killer Bruce McArthur staged photos of some of his victims wearing fur coats and with cigars in their mouths, a court heard on Monday.
In December 2017, police obtained a warrant to covertly search McArthur's apartment, where they downloaded the contents of his computer and other digital devices on which McArthur had stored graphic photos of most of his victims in individualized folders. They also found a duffel bag containing duct tape, a surgical glove, rope, zip ties, a bungee cord and syringes in McArthur's bedroom along with the DNA of several victims inside his van. "He was unable to swallow properly again for a week", Cantlon said.
Investigators found Kinsman's calendar with the entry titled "Bruce" dated June 26, 2017 - the day he disappeared.
Police narrowed a list of suspects in the case after seeing surveillance video of the last victim, Andrew Kinsman, enter a red Dodge Caravan in 2017.
Lawrence Gridin began to make submissions on the issue Tuesday, saying Saunders was the one who publicly downplayed rumours of a serial killer operating in the city's gay village.
The review was sparked by the detective leading the investigation, then-Det. McArthur went to police on his own and gave a statement that prompted officers to release him.
The man, known only as John, had been texting McArthur via a dating app. The man escaped after a struggle, but police but never laid any charges. The sentencing hearing is to determine whether the 25 years for each count of murder will be served concurrently or consecutively.
Read some of the victim impact statements below.
"Unfortunately they often find themselves in countries where they face detention, face persecution, face injustice due to their sexual orientation", he said.
However, his arguments were cut short by counsel for the prosecution and the presiding superintendent, who said it was too early in the process to go into the context of the allegations. "Skanda will never be replaceable to me".
They later linked that vehicle to McArthur and found Kinsman's blood and semen in it after McArthur sold it to a wrecker's yard.
"We can't come to terms with his savage murder", she said.
McArthur, on the other hand, was only identified as a killer through investigative police work.
Mahmudi's wife, Umme Fareena Mazook, had a Crown attorney read out her statement while she sobbed in court.
Richard Kikot, a friend of Esen's, said his buddy had lived for a period of time on the streets but had been trying to improve his mental health by enrolling in a peer training program where he learned about poverty and homelessness and the related challenges.