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Murder trial begins for man accused of killing, dismembering ex-girlfriend

By: Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

 | May 20, 2014 - 3:14 PM |
BRAMPTON, Ont. - A Toronto man killed his ex-girlfriend in his home, then methodically cut up her body and dumped her remains in several locations in the area in an effort to cover up his gruesome crime, prosecutors alleged in the first day of his murder trial.

Chun Qi Jiang is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 41-year-old Guang Hua Liu, whose body parts were discovered in Toronto and nearby Mississauga days after she vanished in 2012.

The pair had an "on and off" relationship for about four years but were no longer together at the time of her death, Crown lawyer Andrew Falls told a Brampton, Ont., court on Tuesday.

Liu had recently moved in with her new boyfriend Kenneth Grotsky, though she had another home that she shared with her eldest son, Falls said. The weekend before her death, she had a fight with Grotsky and went back to her own place, he said.

She invited several friends over — including Jiang — to cheer herself up, the lawyer said. The former couple spent the next two nights together, but then Liu and Grotsky reconciled, he said.

That Friday, Liu made dinner plans with Jiang, Falls said. She was never seen alive again.

"Mr. Jiang was not happy with (Liu) on Aug. 10. He took her back to his residence and killed her," Falls told the court in his opening statement.

"In an attempt to hide the murder, Mr. Jiang cut (Liu's) body into pieces and, in a very undignified way, dumped the pieces in Mississauga and Scarborough."

Liu's foot was found in Mississauga's Credit River on Aug. 15, triggering a massive investigation. Her head was discovered the next day in the same river, wrapped in two grocery bags, court heard. Both her hands were found near the river on Aug. 17.

Her thigh was located a day later in east-end Toronto, as were both her calves, which were also wrapped in grocery bags. On Aug. 19, her left forearm and right upper arm were found in the same area.

Her torso was found on Sept. 5 in a suitcase floating in Lake Ontario. Some of the remaining body parts have not yet been found.

Liu's body was "disarticulated at every major joint" after her death, Falls said the coroner found.

"In joints where a ball and socket join exists, instead of ripping or cutting the joints apart, it appears that someone carefully cut around the joint, leaving the ball of the joint intact."

Her head also showed more that 40 "chop-like" wounds caused by a sharp-edged object, the lawyer said, adding the coroner couldn't rule out the possibility the injuries were caused by a hatchet.

"The chopping injuries to Ms. Liu's head, if inflicted prior to her death, would have resulted in significant blood loss and blunt head injury and could have caused her death," Falls said.

Photos of her severed foot, head and hands were shown in court Tuesday. Jiang, who wore a blue and white checked shirt with tan pants, stared straight ahead.

Falls said blood was found in the accused's basement and in the trunk of his car. Forensic tests showed the chances that someone not related to Liu would match that DNA profile were about one in 64 quadrillion, he said.

Jiang was arrested Aug. 26, 2012, and was originally charged with second-degree murder in Liu's death.

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