MONTREAL (AFP) – The father of a former Canadian porn actor on trial in the killing and dismembering of a Chinese student told Friday of his son’s isolated childhood in the shadow of mental illness.
The father, whose name was not released because of a court order, said Luka Rocco Magnotta had grown up in the absence of normal social ties.
He “was kept in isolation, he didn’t have friends, no interaction with anybody,” the father said.
Magnotta has admitted to the underlying facts in the case, including killing 33-year-old Lin Jun.
But he has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder, committing indignities to a body, harassing Canada’s prime minister and other charges that could see him jailed for life if he is convicted.
His attorney has said Magnotta is schizophrenic and has personality disorders preventing him from understanding his actions.
Magnotta’s father took to the stand Friday as the first witness to be called by the defence since the trial started at the end of September.
The father, now 50, told the court that he was 17 and Magnotta’s mother was only 16 when she became pregnant.
He said Magnotta’s mother insisted on educating her children at home and said she was “fanatical”. Magnotta only went to school for two years, when he was older than 10.