Last week, UK & Ireland PokerNews published an article reporting the tragic death of Mehmet Hassan, a prominent London professional gambler who was found beaten to death in his Islington flat. On Friday, police arrested two men and a woman and charged them with the murder of Hassan.
Leonie Granger, a 24-year old care worker from Gillingam, Kent, appeared in court on Tuesday and was formally charged with the murder of Hassan. Police suspect Granger lured Hassan back to his flat where he was tied up, beaten and left to die – a post-mortem revealed Hassan died of injuries to his neck and chest.
Two men, 27-year old Kyrron Jackson of Lewisham, South East London and 28-year old Nicholas Chandler of Bow, East London, have also been charged with the murder of Hassan. All three suspects were remanded in custody by Magistrate Claire Freedman, although four other people arrested in connection with the brutal killing have been bailed until June.
Investigators are still trying to piece together Hassan’s last movements on the evening of Sunday 23 March. Friends of Hassan stated he won more than £3,000 playing poker at the Palm Beach casino in Mayfair – not an unusual sum for Hassan – before heading out for a meal at the critically acclaimed restaurant, Nobu.
Various reports suggest Hassan either left the casino with a young woman or met a young woman on the way to the restaurant and it is this that has led people to believe Hassan was the victim of a pre-planned robbery. In addition to the £3,000 or so that Hassan had about his person, police believe he may have had around £20,000 in cash in his home.
Police were called to Hassan’s flat on the night of Sunday 23 March after Hassan’s daughter raised concerns about not being able to contact her father, and discovered Hassan’s body.