Sunday 18 February 2018

Fight in court as 'honey trap' killers found guilty

Leonie Granger, who was convicted of Mr Hassan's manslaughter and setting up a ‘honey trap’
Leonie Granger, who was convicted of Mr Hassan's manslaughter and setting up a ‘honey trap’
Professional poker player Mehmet Hassan

Dean Gray

A young woman lashed out in the dock after being found guilty of setting a 'honey trap' for a professional gambler kicked to death for his winnings.

Care assistant Leonie Granger (25) targeted Mehmet Hassan (56) in March last year after meeting him in a Mayfair casino. Following a trial at the Old Bailey, Granger was found guilty of his manslaughter, but not guilty of murder. Her co-defendants, Kyrron Jackson (28) and Nicholas Chandler (29) were convicted of murder.

There was a disturbance in the dock after the verdicts were delivered.

The court heard how Mr Hassan was oblivious to the sting as he wined and dined Granger, even bragging to his friends that he was not paying her to be with him.

On the night of the murder, Mr Hassan had taken Granger to the top Mayfair restaurant Nobu before going on to the Palm Beach Casino nearby where he gave her £1,000 in cash to gamble with.

Later, he took her back to his Islington flat where she made her excuses and left in a taxi - but not before letting in her boyfriend, Jackson, and his friend, Chandler, who were poised to strike outside.

The two men tied up Mr Hassan in his bedroom then kicked him to death and ransacked his home as they searched for his stash of cash.

While Mr Hassan's beaten and bloody body lay undiscovered, the killers were filmed on Granger's mobile phone throwing wads of £50 notes around.

In her defence, Granger admitted she had been involved in a plan to rob Mr Hassan, but denied being party to the murder. Jackson, of Lewisham, south east London, and Chandler, of Lee, south east London, were further convicted of robbing Mr Hassan, two counts of plotting to rob employees of Grosvenor Casinos, two counts of conspiracy to have a shotgun and imitation firearm in January last year, and two counts of conspiracy to falsely imprison.

Irish Independent

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