Cookies on the PokerWorks Website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the PokerWorks website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time.

Continue using cookies

Poker News | World Poker News

Murdered London Poker Player Mehmet Hassan Trial Underway

Mehmet Hassan
Share this

Professional gambler Mehmet Hassan's death was the result of what is believed to be a preplanned burglary. Hassan was found dead in his London home in March of 2014. Leonie Granger, Nicholas Chandler, and Kyrron Jackson were arrested, facing charges of robbery, murder, and false imprisonment!

Granger is on trial now at the Old Bailey. Granger contends that she is not guilty of the charges.

The BBC reported that Hassan was bound with parcel tape and a necktie before being "kicked and stomped" to death. Afterwards, the three suspects used their mobile phones to record themselves throwing "£50 notes around and stuffing wads in underpants." The trio tore through the rest of Hasaan's home in Islington searching for cash and valuables.

The following mobile phone video was admitted into the court proceedings:

Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC reported to the court, "While Mr. Hassan's body lay undetected in his flat, his killers were literally throwing his money around."

Hassan was a divorced father of three and his enjoyment of the company of the opposite sex is what Aylett believes made him "vulnerable to the unscrupulous."

"The truth, sadly, is that Miss Granger was not interested in Mehmet Hassan for anything other than his money," Aylett added. "And that is how Mehmet Hassan came to be tied up and kicked to death in his own flat."

From the evidence relayed to the court it is believed that Hassan and Granger were seen having dinner at Nobu Restaurant on March 23rd. Previously they were at the Palm Beach Casino Club where it's said Hassan played poker and won £3,000. The next step in the murder of Hassan had already been planned by Granger. Her boyfriend, Jackson, and his friend, Chandler, would meet her at Hassan's apartment where she intended to take the victim.

A cab picked up Granger close to a half hour after she had arrived at Hassan's apartment. Prosecutors believe that Granger called one of her conspirators using Hassan's phone while she was in the cab. The cabdriver reported overhearing: "Swear down. I don't believe it. Don't tell me the money's not there. I saw it. Look in the drawer. Look under the cabinet."

It is believed the trial will last for several weeks.

Find more information at

Get all the latest PokerNews updates on your social media outlets. Follow us on Twitter and find us on both Facebook and Google+!

News Flash

The IRS Scores Big at 2015 WSOP ME Final Table

The IRS managed to snag 34.13 percent from the payouts of the 2015 November Nine, totaling $8,467,091.

Read more

Quick Room Review

Bonus Room review

Subscribe to the Nightly Turbo

Be the first to know all the latest poker news, tournament results, gossip and learn all about the best online poker deals straight from your inbox.

RSS Feed