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Canadian pig farmer found guilty of killing prostitutes

world Updated: Dec 10, 2007 08:18 IST

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A jury has found Robert Pickton guilty of killing six women from the streets of Vancouver on his nearby pig farm in Canada's worst serial murder case.

After more than a week of deliberations, and 10 months of gruesome testimony and evidence, the panel rendered a verdict of second degree murder on all six charges yesterday.

A second trial is expected to examine another 20 murder charges later.

Under Canadian law a second degree murder conviction leads to an automatic life sentence, with parole possible after 10 years.

All of his alleged victims were on a police list of some 60 women who vanished from Vancouver's squalid Downtown Eastside, from the late 1970's until 2002. Most of the women were linked to drug addiction and street prostitution.

Prosecutors argued during the trial that Pickton, acting alone, killed the women, butchered them, then disposed of the body parts by feeding them to pigs or taking them to a rendering plant.

Defence lawyers had argued that Pickton was not intelligent enough to carry out and conceal the murders, and suggested that other people could have commited the murders.