A Brief Look at Crime 04/18– 04/24

Jurors are told of brutal murder and attacks on two others in flat

A Bradford University student was found murdered on a blood-soaked bed after two knife-wielding robbers tortured him and plundered his bank account, a jury heard. Tony Ho, 19, was discovered by his sister with his throat slashed and multiple stab wounds, Bradford Crown Court was told yesterday. The chemistry and forensic science student was targeted by two men who blamed one another for the brutal killing, prosecutor Paul Greaney QC told the jury.

Mr Greaney said Mr Ho was stabbed 13 times and his throat slashed. A knife was five times driven right through his arms and he had wire round his neck. Miss Ho had head and facial injuries and ligature marks to her wrists and Mr Stolarczyk a wound that passed close to major organs, Mr Greaney said. The jury heard Kareem planned the robbery because he was a gambling addict desperate to repay his father after taking £920 from his bank account. Mr Greaney alleged Kareem recruited Osman as his “willing helper and henchman.”

 Sushi Eatery Owner Gets 6 Years In Gambling Debt Slaying

Denver sushi restaurant owner has been sentenced to six years in prison for killing a man attempting to collect gambling debt, authorities said.  Yan “Dave” Yang, 41, received the maximum manslaughter sentence in Denver court Friday for shooting dead 29-year-old Lloyd Running Bear who was trying to collect Yang’s gambling debt inside the Chopsticks and Sushi eatery crowded with customers.  Defense attorney Jud Lohnes argued that Yang, who is 5 feet 2 inches tall, was defending himself when he shot Running Bear five times, because the bigger man was choking Yang, the newspaper reported. Prosecutors disputed the self-defense theory, noting that Running Bear was shot twice in the back along with the three shots in his stomach.

 NCAA to look at San Diego case when FBI finishes

INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA plans to conduct its own investigation into an alleged basketball gambling ring at the University of San Diego but will wait until the FBI completes its work. On Tuesday, NCAA vice president of enforcement Julie Roe Lach called the allegations sad, acknowledging the serious nature of the charges that were unsealed one day earlier in San Diego.  The accused include Brandon Johnson, the school’s career scoring leader who is now playing in the NBA Development League, former assistant coach Thaddeus Brown and former player Brandon Dowdy.

Eight of 10 people charged pleaded not guilty Tuesday in federal court. Six of the eight defendants were granted bail ranging from $35,000 to $50,000. All are charged with conspiracy to commit sports bribery, conducting an illegal gambling business and distributing marijuana. If convicted, they each face up to five years in prison and $250,000 fines. Federal authorities have charged them with running a sports betting business to affect the outcome of games. “The FBI is leading the investigation and we will stand by and let them do their work because they have more tools in their tool boxes to get at what’s going on than we do,” Lach told The Associated Press. “After they conclude their investigation, we will begin ours.”

 Charge: Man gambles away $2 million stolen from seniors

A Burlington man accused of bilking real estate investors out of $2.6 million to pay, in part, for a high-stakes gambling habit is now facing 29 felony charges. King County prosecutors contend Michael J. Reeder scammed a Seattle real estate investor and a Mukilteo man out of the money in a long-running scheme that saw him convert most of the money into cash. Writing the court, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Melinda Young argued that Reeder used childhood friends in the scheme. “The defendant victimized four different people, three of whom were over the age of eighty,” Young told the court.

 Butcher Peter Lubik Jailed For Stabbing Wife To Death  

A BOORISH, bullying butcher who stabbed his wife to death during an argument about him going to a casino has been jailed for a “shocking and cowardly” killing. Peter Lubik, 42, severed his wife Barbara’s carotid artery when he stabbed her in the throat at their Melbourne home in January 2009. Before the stabbing they had argued about Lubik, who was a problem gambler, going to a casino, the Victorian Supreme Court heard today. Last year, Lubik was found guilty by a jury of manslaughter, but acquitted of murder. Justice Robson said Lubik, of Noble Park North, deliberately stabbed his wife in a very delicate area of the body.

 Gambling addict gets three-year jail term

A woman stood crying in the dock today throughout her sentencing for the theft of $1 million from her employer. Maria Anne Kahu, 41, stole the money to feed her gambling addiction, Christchurch District Court was told.  She made 272 unauthorised transactions over six years and took $1.03 million before resigning to move to Australia. Defence counsel Elizabeth Bulger said it was an ultimate breach of trust between employer and employee, but Kahu was remorseful and had written a letter of apology to the company. She had taken steps to deal with her gambling addiction, but all the money had gone into machines and to fund a lifestyle she could not have lived otherwise.

 Worker accused of gaming funds theft

FARGO – A woman who counted cash for the Fargo Youth Commission’s charitable blackjack and pull-tab operations is accused of embezzling up to $59,000, court records say.  Abbey L. McNamee was charged in Cass County District Court on Wednesday with a Class B felony count of theft of property. A police report included with court records claims an investigation prompted by the gaming office of the city auditor found about $59,000 missing from Youth Commission coffers. Police allege that McNamee, 28, admitted to stealing money collected from dealers’ drop boxes, telling a detective she believed she had taken about $40,000. The Youth Commission runs programs for elementary students, including a variety of before- and after- school programs. “It used to be known as latch-key programs,” said Rob Kueneman, executive director of the commission.

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