01/05/2012 05:25 EST | Updated 03/21/2014 02:59 EDT

Qian Liu Murder: Brian Dickson, Accused Of Killing York University Student, Denied Bail

TORONTO - A Toronto man accused of killing a York University student has been denied bail.

Brian Dickson is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Qian Liu, a 23-year-old student from China.

Dickson has been in custody since his arrest last April but a judge refused to grant him bail Thursday, citing a threat to the public.

A preliminary hearing is set to begin Jan. 30.

Dickson's lawyer, Robert Nuttall, previously said that two weeks were set aside for the hearing but that could be extended to three weeks.

Liu's partially clad body was discovered in her basement apartment on April 15 last year. Police haven't released the cause of death.

Liu's boyfriend in China said he had been speaking with her by webcam when a man entered her apartment and a struggle ensued. Liu's boyfriend said he witnessed part of the attack before the webcam was turned off.

(AM640, The Canadian Press)

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