'Sympathy' for son's alleged killer

The mother of a Chinese student who police say was dismembered by a Canadian porn actor said she now has sympathy for her son's alleged killer.

Zhigui Du said that originally sorrow and anger dominated her thoughts as she contemplated how such an appalling thing could happen to her son, Jun Lin, in a peaceful country like Canada.

But Ms Du says she has begun to feel sympathy on some level for a man she calls the "devil".

Luka Magnotta is accused of dismembering his lover Mr Lin, 33, and posting the body parts to Canadian political parties and schools in May. He has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

Ms Du says she was too distraught to attend Thursday's funeral, but gave the eulogy later at a news conference.