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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
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(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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(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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