Thursday, April 21, 2011

Qian Liu's Webcam murder: Police charge Brian Dickson, 29, over killing of woman whose death was witnessed by boyfriend 6,000 miles away - 21st Apr

A man has been charged over the alleged murder of a university student who was killed while talking to her boyfriend via webcam.

Qian Liu's semi-naked body was found in her flat near York University in northern Toronto after her boyfriend watched her struggling with her attacker 6,000 miles away in China.

Brian Dickson, 29, has been charged with first-degree murder as Miss Liu's parents arrived in Canada where they had sent their daughter to study English.

It is alleged that she was chatting with her partner, Meng Xianchao, over the internet when there was a knock on the door at about 1am last Friday.

He saw a man enter the room and ask Miss Liu if he could use her mobile phone and then try to hug her. However, it is reported that he became aggressive when she declined the embrace and a struggle broke out.

Mr Xianchao looked on helplessly from Beijing as the struggle continued before Miss Liu's webcam was turned off.

'At that moment my mind went blank and I was cursing him from my webcam, I was so far away I couldn't reach her.

'I felt so helpless and I couldn't calm down until in the end the guy closed the computer,' he told CTV. Read More