A Brief Look at Crime 08/19 – 08/25

Man Stabbed and Killed Wife After Losing Thousands Gambling

This week a court in London a court heard testimony that gambling addict Jalal Uddin allegedly stabbed his wife in the face after rowing about money in January. The 47-year old chef was said to have stabbed Asma Begun, 31, at their family home in East London where she later died. The couple had three children together. During the hearing at the Old Bailey earlier this week, jurors heard that the attack was so extreme that a pathologist struggled to count the cuts on Mrs. Begum’s face. Prosecutor Daniel Robinson QC said, “She was cut, stabbed, slashed, or chopped at with the knife at least 58 times. Such was the ferocity of the attack that pieces of the knife blade broke off in her face.” Uddin, a chef at an Indian restaurant in the city, was known to have a gambling problem. Staff members at his local William Hill betting shop in East London called him the “angry Indian” because he was known to kick the machines after losing. Mrs. Begun had previously reported her husband to police for violence and verbal abuse. She was documented as saying in 2016 that he would hit her when she refused to hand over her housekeeping money for gambling and that he would often beat her if they rowed over money.

Racetrack Bingo operators sentenced (FL)

More than a year after being found guilty of operating an illegal business, fraud and money laundering, Larry and Dixie Masino, former owners of Racetrack Bingo in Fort Walton Beach, have been sentenced for their crimes. U.S. District Court Judge Casey Rodgers sentenced Larry Masino to a year and a day in federal prison followed by two years of supervised probation. Dixie Masino, his ex-wife, was sentenced to four months of house arrest as part of a five-year probated sentence, a news release from the U.S. Attorneys Office said. “With today’s sentencing, the Masinos will pay a high price for defrauding unsuspecting charities whose sole mission was to help others,” U.S. Attorney Larry Keefe said in the release. Larry and Josh Masino, who were listed in 2010 as co-owners of Racetrack Bingo, were arrested that year in Tallahassee on charges they pocketed money intended for nonprofit organizations there. The men were charged with 11 counts of grand theft for their roles in an “organized scheme to defraud,” according to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. They were also charged with 312 violations of state bingo statutes. The pair ultimately pleaded no contest to two gambling violations and were sentenced to two years probation and 100 hours of community service. They were also ordered to pay more than $87,000 in restitution to 11 Leon County charities and agreed never to operate a bingo parlor in Leon County, according to media reports.

University of Minnesota employee who stole computers to fund gambling habit pleads guilty

A University of Minnesota employee who spent $134,000 of university money buying computers he would then sell for a profit has pleaded guilty to charges of theft by swindle. Michael McDaniel, 34, of Lilydale, accepted a plea deal that will see him get a 27-month prison term stayed for 8 years, along with serving a year in a county workhouse. In exchange, he pleaded guilty to two thefts by swindle from the University of Minnesota, and another theft by swindle incident involving merchandise from a Target store in an earlier case. He will also have to pay restitution totaling $134,000 and receive treatment for a gambling problem, and his required to abstain from gambling during probation. Bank records showed that he spent the proceeds of his theft to pay off debts owed to a dozen of loan companies and multiple credit cards, as well as making “substantial” withdrawals at metro area racetracks and casinos. According to the criminal complaint, McDaniel was working in the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research department and bought computers for his department through university bookstores, but didn’t register them with the university’s IT department, as is procedure.

Bainbridge authorities arrest suspect connected in fatal overnight shooting

A Bainbridge man wanted for a deadly Monday morning shooting was arrested by Donalsonville Police around 4:30 p.m. Bainbridge Public Safety says 48-year-old Jamel Jackson is being charged for the murder of 34-year-old Leon Chandler. Investigators believe what started as a card game, involving drugs and gambling, turned into a deadly shooting overnight. In the early hours of the morning, public safety officers responded to a gunshot victim at the ER. Investigators say Chandler was taken there by private vehicle, but he died on the way from a gunshot to the head. “It was a little chaotic. We had family members there that were upset. Then at the hospital, once they pronounced him dead it became worse with a lot of mourning,” said Chip Nix, the responding investigator. Nix says eyewitnesses watched Jackson pull the trigger, during a small gathering at his house at 707 Dennard Street. In the middle of the game, they say Jackson accused Chandler of stealing money and shot him.

Woodlands double deaths: Man strangled pregnant wife, 4-year-old daughter due to gambling debts

Saddled with crippling gambling debts, he could not pay his four-year-old daughter’s kindergarten fees. After arguing with his pregnant wife over the fees on Jan 20, 2017, Teo Ghim Heng was so overwhelmed with anger that he looped a towel around her neck, strangled her with it for 15 minutes, and then finished the job with his bare hands. He then turned his attention to his child and killed her the same way. The grisly details of the double murders were admitted in the High Court on Tuesday (July 2) at the start of Teo’s trial. Before their bodies were discovered in their Woodlands flat a week later, Teo repeatedly lied to family members to explain their absence at Chinese New Year reunion dinners and visits, and made himself scarce when his colleagues and family tried to visit the flat. He also claimed to have tried to take his own life by setting fire to the bodies and lying next to them on the bed in the master bedroom, but then later felt the fire was too hot and left the flat.

Memphis man arrested by U.S. Marshals after toddler shot in the head while man gambled

A murder suspect has been arrested after a toddler was killed in Hickory Hill. Shelby County deputies issued warrants for Jermichael Davis for First Degree Murder and Aggravated Child Abuse. U.S. Marshals developed Davis as a fugitive in the case that involved 2-year-old Anaya Boyd. The little girl was shot in the head at her home back in November 2018. Investigators tracked Davis to the 1150 block of Rutland. He was arrested and taken into SCSO custody. The child’s father, Mikal Grogan, was also charged in the case. Grogan was charged with aggravated child neglect and endangerment. According to police, Grogan admitted to selling marijuana out of his apartment and was playing dice and gambling the night of the deadly shooting. Grogan told police that he heard someone knocking at his door. When he asked who it was, they started firing shots. Witnesses said they heard more than a dozen shots fired at the Enclave apartment homes off Hickory Hill that morning.

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