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Toronto's police chief says the sentence handed down on February 8 to serial killer Bruce McArthur means the man will never see daylight again.

However, when it came to deciding if he was going to deliver a consecutive sentence - where McArhur would be eligible for parole in 50 years - or concurrent, McMahon said the sentenced needed to be realistic, not symbolic.

Serial killer Bruce McArthur, who was handed a mandatory life sentence on Friday for brutally murdering eight men between 2010 and 2017, will be eligible to apply for parole at the age of 91.

McArthur's victims were Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.

Several members of the gay community told reporters outside the courthouse they were disappointed McArthur did not receive a harsher penalty, while others accepted that he would likely die behind bars.

Toronto police have faced criticism over the length of time it took them to confirm that a serial killer was stalking the Gay Village and to arrest McArthur.

Some victims' remains were found in the planters of homes where McArthur did landscape contracting.

"Many of the victims had ties to Toronto's LGBT village and had a social life within that community".

She said the punishment failed to either fit the crime or soothe the wounds of the community impacted by the men's deaths. The remains of the eighth victim were recovered from a nearby ravine.

But at Toronto Police Headquarters the feeling was one of closure in the wake of McArthur's sentencing on Friday.

Similarly, the Toronto Star's editorial board questioned the alleged inaction from the police in an op-ed.

Going off that lead, police eventually placed McArthur under recurring surveillance and gathered sufficient evidence to arrest him on January 18, 2018, when officers saw him bring a Middle Eastern man into his east Toronto apartment complex - a man they subsequently found naked and handcuffed to McArthur's bed.

"The accused exploited his victims' vulnerabilities, whether they involved immigration concerns, mental health challenges, or people living a secretive double life".

The judge said, "All or most of the victims were vulnerable individuals who were lured to their death".

In McArthur's bedroom, they found John naked and handcuffed to the bed.

The victims fit a pattern: Most were of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent and lived on the margins of Canadian society.

"Hopefully, one thing that comes out of this is better lines of communication between the police and marginalised communities across the city", he added.

Hank Idsinga, who helped lead the investigation into McArthur, expressed his satisfaction with the sentence and said the odds the victims' families will ever have to face McArthur at a future parole hearing "are between slim and none".

All went missing between 2010 to 2017.

Many communities had also suffered from McArthur's crimes, he said, including the immigrant and refugee communities, which McArthur disproportionately targeted.

Asked about allegations of bias, Meaghan Gray, a spokeswoman for the Toronto police, said the force launched two investigations, Project Houston and Project Prism, "to do everything possible to locate the missing men".