Body parts victim Liu Guanghua, 41, in a photo handout from Canadian police.
The pieces are finally coming together in the second body parts case that has rocked Canada and China this year.
Liu Guanhua, the unfortunate victim in the grisly murder and dismemberment case in Toronto, was a native of Changle, a suburb of Fuzhou, who paid a high price to be smuggled out to Canada, where she subsequently applied for and obtained refugee status. She was earlier referred to as Liu Guanghua due to a transliteration error in Canada.
Police have arrested Chun Qi Jiang, a 40-year-old construction worker who migrated from China to Canada in 2002, and was dating Liu for a period of four years. He has been charged with second-degree murder.
Beijing-based reporter Kathleen McLaughlin paid a visit to Liu’s aged parents who are still reeling from the news of their daughter’s death. Here’s what she wrote in her exclusive report in the Toronto Star:
Liu Guanhua’s journey from Changle to Toronto began after a divorce, a second marriage and three children. She had a son with her first husband, then was allowed to have another with her second husband. It was her unplanned third baby who drew the attention of the local family planning committee, which is charged, on a local level, with carrying out China’s one-child-per-family rule.
Upon learning she was pregnant a third time, Liu went into hiding for a year, her parents say. She gave birth out of sight of officials and kept the baby a secret as long as she could. The family planning bureau eventually learned of the child and imposed a steep penalty, one Liu was unable to pay.
(In her refugee claim, the Star has reported, Liu also claimed that she was being forced into an unwanted sterilization.)
Instead, Liu chose instead to run, her path leading her first to Taiwan, then Thailand, then to Vancouver.