Closing arguments heard in 'webcam' murder trial

Brian Dickson has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of a York University student from China

(Brian Dickson/Qian Liu)

It's been almost three years since 23-year-old Qian Liu was found dead, face down, in her basement apartment near her York University campus. 

On Friday Crown and Defence attorneys made their closing arguments in the case that been dubbed the ``webcam'' murder trial.  Liu had been chatting via webcam with her ex-boyfriend who was in Beijing when she was attacked on April 15th, 2011.

Xian Chao Meng testified that he saw a man force his way into Liu's room and push her down out of the webcam's view.
The ex-boyfriend testified that she was saying ``no,'' but after he heard two muffled bangs there were no more sounds from her, and moments later the lower half of a naked man appeared in front of the webcam and the computer was turned off.

All of the evidence against Dickson, who was a tenant in the same building as Liu, was heard in just six days and the defence called no evidence.
Brian Dickson has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of the York University student from China, but his attorney Robert Nuttall has told the jury that his client never intended to kill Liu and thus should instead be found guilty of manslaughter.  Nuttall told the jury that "murderous intent" had not been proven by the Crown beyond a reasonable doubt.

Crown attorney Christine Pirraglia argued that Dickson pushed his way into Liu's apartment with the intent to sexually assault her.  Pirraglia told the jury that Dickson killed her in an attempt to "silence her" and avoid being caught. 


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  1. john posted on 04/04/2014 10:56 AM
    when found guilty put him in a sound proof room . i go in with a baseball bat and i web cam and i will beat him to death in front of the web cam . just like he did to that girl . only i will not turn off the webcam .
    1. Frankie posted on 04/04/2014 04:59 PM
      @john Better let a native person do it instead. Thanks to McGuinty's Liberals they could beat him to death while the OPP watch and not intervene.
    2. john's mom posted on 04/04/2014 10:00 PM
      @john believe me son, if you tried, he'd end up beating YOU to death. I blame myself for not enrolling you into karate when you were 5. I'm a bad mother. And look at you now John...a lonely, hopeless & unempolyable 45yr old living in my basement, puffing up his hairless chest on the comments sections of an internet website. Where did I go wrong????
    3. jeanette posted on 04/04/2014 10:10 PM
      @Frankie this coming from the guy that convulsively loses control of his bladder contents whenever 'Arctic Air' is on television or when a Braves or Chiefs game is playing. Those BIG bad indian men really scare little ol' Frankie boy. Don't worry Frankie, I'll protect you.
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