A jury has found 32 year old Canadian Brian Dickson guilty of murdering Chinese exchange student Qian Lu in her basement apartment three years ago, following a four hour deliberation on Monday, CNS reports.
Dickson's defence argued that he didn't intentionally kill the student, and should be found guilty of manslaughter. However, the jury came to a verdict of first-degree murder, which carries an automatic life sentence without parole for 25 years.
A student at York University in Toronto, Qian Lu had been chatting to her boyfriend on Skype on April 15th 2011 when Dickson came to her room. After forcing himself in, the man assaulted Qian sexually before killing her, in an act partially witnessed by her boyfriend via webcam.