Brian Dickson, a 32-year-old student from Toronto’s York University, was found guilty of first-degree murder for the death of Chinese classmate Qian Liu, which happened to be inadvertently caught on webcam while she was Skyping with her ex-boyfriend in April 2011.
Liu, who moved to Canada at the age of 23 to study English, was speaking with her ex-boyfriend Xian Chao Meng in Beijing at the early hours of April 15, 2011 when Dickson came into her room, asking to see her cell phone. After handing it back to her, and leaving “with some hesitation,” he came back and attacked Liu. Dickson was naked from the waist down, and after a struggle managed to knock her down – with Meng witnessing the entire thing on webcam. Meng stated in his testimony last month that “after the sound of two muffled bangs…he heard no more sounds from Liu.” Following a few moments of silence, he heard Dickson “breathing heavily and moments later…[he] appeared naked in front of the webcam and turned off the computer.”
After Meng’s attempts to contact the authorities at York, Liu’s dead body was found in her room, mostly naked and covered in blood and semen. The cause of death was uncertain at the time, but later it was confirmed that Liu died of mechanical asphyxiation — including neck compression. After running a few tests on the semen, it was concluded that the chances it didn’t come from Dickson are one in 2.7 quintillion.
But it doesn’t stop there: The jury that recently convicted Dickson of first-degree murder was actually unaware of certain online evidence that was presented at his bail hearing, yet not the trial itself. Toronto Police Detective/Sergeant Frank Skubic testified at the bail hearing and spoke of what he and his colleagues at the child exploitation section of the sex crimes unit discovered when they searched Dickson’s internet presence. Be warned that the following excerpts – excerpts taken from Dickson’s posts on forums as the Charmane Star – are pretty damn disturbing:
“As for incest, I think it depends on the parents and the kids…I do encourage it though, but only after they begin to develop.”
“[If I have kids, they would]…definitely be exposed to porn and oral.”
[In response to how old a girl should need to be in porn]: “I’m thinking that they should change the age to twelve. They should also start recruiting out of schools.”
“In general, once girls hit puberty they should be penetrated regularly.”
In addition to these posts, the jury was also unaware of Dickson’s extensive collection of Asian pornography, and complaints of previous attacks on women that had been later dropped. Dickson also had been attending York University on and off for about 10 years, having just barely completed three years’ worth of credits. However – with Meng’s clear testimony as a witness, it turned out in the end that Dickson’s unstable past wasn’t necessary for the first-degree murder conviction.
For more on Meng’s testimony, check out this article. For more on grisly attacks on overseas Chinese in Canada, check out this June 2012 case.
By Alex Stevens