A Toronto man has been convicted of second-degree murder for the killing and dismembering his ex-girlfriend, then scattering her body parts around the city and Niagara Falls.
A jury found Jiang Chunqi guilty on Thursday of killing Liu Guanghua, 41, in August 2012. Both were born in China and had been naturalised as Canadian citizens. The conviction comes with an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 10 to 25 years.
Liu, a single mother of three, met Jiang while working at a factory. The couple had an on-again-off-again relationship for four years before breaking up.
Prosecutors said Jiang killed Liu after she rejected him for another man.
The defence said it was Jiang's 66-year-old mother who fatally stabbed and dismembered Liu in a fit of rage over an alleged jewellery theft, while her son simply helped cover up the crime. Jiang admitted bringing up parts of Liu's body to be washed in the kitchen sink and packing them in plastic bags, but insisted it was his mother who cut up the body.
Prosecutors suggested Jiang's ailing mother would not have been physically able to overpower a fit woman and walk away "without so much as a scratch".