Woman (25) jailed for 16 years for setting 'honey trap' for professional gambler who was kicked to death for his winnings
A young woman has been jailed for 16 years for setting a honey trap which led to the "pitiless and wicked" murder of a professional gambler for the sake of his winnings.
Care assistant Leonie Granger, 25, deliberately ensnared 56-year-old Mehmet Hassan in March last year after meeting him in a Mayfair casino.
Following a trial at the Old Bailey, she was found guilty of Mr Hassan's manslaughter and false imprisonment, having earlier admitted a plot to rob him.
Her boyfriend Kyrron Jackson, 28, and his friend Nicholas Chandler, 29, repeatedly kicked and stamped on Mr Hassan after Granger let them into his home. Afterwards, they left him with multiple broken bones, lying face down in his bedroom drowning in his own blood.
The pair were found guilty of his murder and were today jailed for life with a minimum term of 36 years.
Sentencing, Judge William Kennedy described the attack as "pitiless and wicked", adding: "It was quite simply an act of brutality which defies reason and compassion."
In mitigation, Orlando Pownall QC said Granger had worked with the elderly since she was 18 and had only got involved with the plot because she was in love with Jackson and "fell in with his desires".
Mr Pownall said she now "deeply regretted" what had happened, adding: "Her head was turned by Mr Jackson who she loved and to some extent by Mr Chandler who was persuasive and superficially charming."
But jailing her, the judge said she had been "deceitful from the outset" and had "lost her sense and compassion" when she got involved in the scheme.
He added that she clearly cared more for Jackson than he cared for her.