Sunday, 16 November 2008

Paul Merle Eischeid 36, was a Charles Schwab stockbroker before he joined the Hells Angels motorcycle gang in Phoenix, Ariz.

Paul Merle Eischeid 36, was a Charles Schwab stockbroker before he joined the Hells Angels motorcycle gang in Phoenix, Ariz.He is wanted in connection with the savage beating and stabbing death of a Phoenix woman in 2001, a murder believed to have been committed by several members of the notorious gang.

Cynthia Garcia, 44, was intoxicated when she “mouthed off” to some Hells Angels at their clubhouse in Mesa, Ariz., where she would routinely hang out, according to reports. She was assaulted by some members and warned to keep quiet about it. When she refused, she was viciously attacked, beaten and stabbed. The attackers then threw Garcia into the trunk of a car and drove to a remote location of the desert, where they continued to stab the woman as she lay dying.
It was one of the most grisly murders in recent American criminal history, U.S. Marshals service director John F. Clark said of the crime.Two years later, Eischeid was one of 50 Hells Angels members and associates nabbed in a sweep of motorcycle gang violence in Phoenix. Although he was implicated in Garcia’s kidnapping and murder, a judge allowed him to be released on bail to await trial because he was holding a steady job as a stockbroker and had a relatively clean criminal record, America’s Most Wanted reported.But after his release, Eischeid somehow removed the tracking device he was ordered to wear, and he fled. He hasn’t been heard from since.
Eischeid is now a fugitive, believed to be roaming the country with help from his Hells Angels cronies. He was added to the Marshals’ list of top 15 most wanted last year.“He bounces around from location to location wherever there is a [Hells Angels] member that is willing to take him in,” Deputy U.S. Marshal Matt Hershey said.
The U.S. Marshals have not ruled out the possibility that Eischeid is in another country, as his last confirmed sighting places him in Calgary, Canada, last year. Canadian immigration authorities have since issued a warrant for his arrest.
Eischeid blends in easily due to his appearance, which he cares a lot about. He is well groomed, works out often and is rarely seen without clean clothes, according to Hershey. He is extremely talented with finances, and could be working as an online trader.One conspicuous characteristic of Eischeid’s appearance is his torso, arms and back, which are covered in colorful tattoos.“[His body] is hard to cover up,” Hershey said.Eischeid, who also goes by the name Jason Daniel, is a white male, 5-foot-7 and 190 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair. His last name is tattooed across his stomach, and “Hell 666 Bound” is on his lower back. He may be wearing glasses.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Paul Hickey entered a guilty plea of ‘homicide, without forethought’.Hickey admitted the killing near Alicante

Paul Hickey entered a guilty plea of ‘homicide, without forethought’. Hickey admitted the killing near Alicante in Spain, but only due to diminished responsibility because of the amount of drugs he had taken. The admission was made as part of a bargaining plea, in which he wants a sentence of no more than 10 years. News of the plea bargain negotiations came as Celine’s heartbroken family arrived at the Spanish courthouse in Elche on the Costa Blanca for the start of the trial.
It is alleged that Hickey left Celine dying in the Spanish holiday apartment for 7 hours. Lawyers for the 31-year-old told a packed Spanish courtroom he should be jailed for ten years for homicide without forethought. “It was a bloody crime but it wasn’t planned, it was with fury and rage,” Hickey’s lawyer said. The court also heard that both Hickey and Celine had drugs in their system on the night of her killing in 2005. Hickey, from Darndale, was accused of beating mum-of-three Celine to death in front of their children at their holiday home in Torrevieja, Alicante on August 27, 2005. The couple had been staying there with their three children now aged 12, nine and five. The prosecution has alleged Hickey beat Celine to death, forced the children to walk past her body and left her dying for seven hours. Dressed in a white and blue tracksuit, Hickey sat at the front of the courtroom while the indictment was read out. None of the Conroy family were permitted inside the court when the hearing got under way before a jury of seven men and four women. Up to 20 members of Celine’s family including her parents Sandra and David arrived at the court this morning. Many members of the Conroy family were dressed in black as they emerged from two people carriers outside the courthouse. News of the plea bargain came within minutes of Hickey arriving in the back of a Guardia Civil van, greeted by a throng of photographers. He stuck his tongue out at them as he was taken into the courthouse. A jury was selected an hour later and the court opened to the public. It is understood the prosecution has advised the Conroy family to agree to the plea-bargain deal. Judge Gracia Serrano Ruiz would then have to formally hear Hickey’s plea and the evidence against him, before imposing sentence. Celine had just turned 28 when she was brutally beaten to death on a Spanish holiday. Prosecutors claimed that Hickey continued to kick and punch her after he knew he had used enough force to kill her. Hickey has been detained in Spain since Celine’s death more than three years ago. The prosecution alleged that the beating was so severe that Celine had all but two of her upper teeth kicked out. “Most of the blows delivered by Hickey were unnecessary to attain his goal of killing Celine Conroy,” according to one prosecution document. “But he continued to beat her forcefully and deliberately to increase her suffering,” it stated. The prosecution alleged that while Celine was lying on the ground, Hickey ordered the children to come out of the bedroom and walk past her battered body. Prosecution documents also alleged that he failed to help her and had a shower before going to bed. The document alleged that Hickey attacked Celine at 9pm and she lay dying until 4am while he slept. He was alleged to have inflicted 35 injuries on Celine as she lay on the ground, with 14 of the wounds to her face and neck.
Celine’s body was not found until 12.15pm the following day, August 27, when Hickey’s aunt, Nora Armitage, let herself in. She immediately called the police who arrested Hickey. The Conroy family spent weeks in a fraught struggle to have their daughter’s remains returned to Ireland. Celine’s heartbroken mother, Sandra, who was battling cancer, turned to Marian Finucane on her RTE radio show to tell her of the problems of having Celine’s body released for burial. After the show, Galway solicitor Tom McGinty rang the show and volunteered his help to the Conroys.
The highlighting of the case also brought a visit from then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern who met Celine’s parents, Sandra and Davy, and said he has asked the Irish Ambassador in Spain to personally intervene to expedite the return of her remains. A candle-lit vigil was held outside Sean Treacy flats in the inner city and hundreds of local people and businesses donated money to help with cost of bringing Celine home. Sandra, with the help of her family, has looked after Celine’s three children since her death. Some 60 days after she was beaten to death, Celine Conroy was finally laid to rest. Her then five-year-old daughter, Chloe, brought a card to the altar which read: “I love you mammy. I miss you, I really miss you. I hope heaven is nice and you’re having a good time. Love, Chloe.” Celine’s aunt Patricia spoke of how Celine spent her summers while she was growing up visiting her home in England.

Irishman has been arrested in England in connection with an investigation into a drug smuggling ring in Spain and Scotland.

Irishman has been arrested in England in connection with an investigation into a drug smuggling ring in Spain and Scotland.Five others from Scotland and England were arrested in raids in Marbella on the Costa Del Sol and in Tenerife in the Canary Islands.The Irish man - believed to be from Dublin - was arrested after the lorry he was driving was stopped near Oxford at the end of October.Around 70 kilos of speed was found hidden in a cargo of plastic containers.Cash, luxury cars and a boat were seized in the swoops in Spain.

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Ottawa cocaine dealer Hussein El-Hajj Hassan made powerful enemies in the narcotics trade when he bypassed his main supplier

Ottawa cocaine dealer Hussein El-Hajj Hassan made powerful enemies in the narcotics trade when he bypassed his main supplier, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday, and that's how he ended up bludgeoned, shot to death and mutilated on Aug. 24, 2004. In her opening statement in the murder trial of one of his alleged killers, assistant Crown attorney Andrea Blakeley said Mark Yegin, a bodyguard to that supplier, drove Mr. Hassan to an isolated forest clearing in the west end where the pair met two other men: Mr. Yegin's boss, Fadi Saleh, and Montreal cocaine dealer Shant Esrabian.Moments later, Mr. Hassan was shot and killed, Ms. Blakeley said. His body was found on June 28, 2005 when Mr. Yegin led police to a grave in a wooded area off Panmure Road. Ms. Blakeley said the Crown expects to present evidence that after the killing, Mr. Hassan's body was dragged into the woods, stripped down to underwear and socks, and buried."You will hear evidence from a forensic anthropologist that prior to being buried - either before or immediately after his murder - his hand was severed from his arm," Ms. Blakeley said. "You will hear from a forensic pathologist that his skull was fractured and that he was shot at least two times."Mr. Yegin had known Mr. Hassan for about four months and worked as "the muscle" for him and his supplier, Fadi Saleh. Ms. Blakeley said Mr. Hassan had become unhappy with the way Mr. Saleh did business and decided to deal directly with Toronto cocaine supplier Rafei Ebrekdjian.In June or July of 2004, Mr. Hassan delivered $200,000 to Mr. Ebrekdjian, intending to buy cocaine directly from him instead of Mr. Saleh, Ms. Blakely said. He then went to Lebanon, staying there for about a month.By August, Mr. Ebrekdjian had received more than $400,000 from Mr. Hassan, who told associates he was expecting a large cocaine delivery on Aug. 21.Ms. Blakeley said Mr. Hassan was planning to meet Mr. Yegin on Aug. 20 and the two men were to meet Paul "Sasquatch" Porter - a top Hells Angels member who was expected to help Mr. Hassan settle a cocaine trafficking problem in Cornwall.There never was a meeting that night with Mr. Porter and Mr. Hassan never reached Cornwall, Ms. Blakeley said. Instead, Mr. Yegin drove Mr. Hassan to the wooded area off Panmure Road, where he was shot.After the Crown's opening, Ottawa police Sgt. Angela McDade testified that shortly after his arrest on June 27, 2005, Mr. Yegin showed police where Mr. Hassan's body was buried.Sgt. McDade said a convoy of three police cruisers reached the wooded area where the body was buried just after 2 a.m.
"As we got closer, (Mr. Yegin) pointed directly to a small mound of leaves," Sgt. McDade said. "It was very obvious he had been there before because he was able to tell us where we were going before we saw any stop signs or street signs."There was a bit of skin exposed. We definitely could smell the body." Soumia El-Hajj Hassan, Mr. Hassan's widow, said she knew that her husband became a cocaine dealer after he served a prison sentence for fraud. Mrs. Hassan said she became concerned when he did not return home on the night of his death and was told by Mr. Hassan's cousins that he had probably been killed. She said she was unable to discover what happened to her husband after questioning his associates, including Mr. Yegin.Tuesday, security at the trial was tight. There were metal detectors at the courtroom entrance and armed police officers inside and outside the court.


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