POLITICS

Luka Rocco Magnotta returns to Montreal courtroom following collapse

03/20/2013 10:18 EDT | Updated 05/20/2013 05:12 EDT
MONTREAL - Luka Rocco Magnotta's preliminary inquiry will hear from one final group of witnesses on Thursday before adjourning until early April.

The hearing resumed Wednesday following an interruption on Tuesday when Magnotta collapsed after watching video evidence.

Magnotta is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying and dismemberment of Chinese engineering student Jun Lin last May.

The 30-year-old accused listened to more testimony from police witnesses, including two detectives specializing in computer forensics.

The details of their testimony are covered by a publication ban.

Sitting in a fortified prisoner's dock, Magnotta shook and appeared to wipe tears from his eyes as more images were played on screens located around the courtroom.

But there wasn't a repeat of Tuesday's drama when he ended up crumpled on the ground at the feet of a courthouse guard after collapsing on his way out of the courtroom, still handcuffed and shackled.

Witnesses from Ottawa will testify Thursday. The hearing will then resume on April 8.

In addition to the murder charge, Magnotta is also facing four other charges related to the case: committing an indignity to a body; publishing obscene material; criminally harassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament; and mailing obscene and indecent material.

Magnotta has pleaded not guilty to the five charges.