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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Egyptian sentenced to death for murder of Ukrainian woman in Hurghada (March 7, 2019)

Man sentenced to death for killing Ukrainian in Hurghada
Al-Masry Al-Youm
March 7, 2019 12:28 pm

The Red Sea Criminal Court, headed by Judge Abdel Ghany Attalah, requested the opinion of Egypt’s Grand Mufti over sentencing to death a defendant accused of murdering a Ukrainian women in the Red Sea resort area of Hurghada. The court set May 4 to issue a final verdict in the case.

The victim, Marina Adiklana, worked at a Hurghada hotel as a guest relations employee and was stabbed to death by a public employee named Amr R. at her house on Sheraton Street in Hurghada.

Police investigations revealed that the murderer entered the victim’s apartment to steal and tried to assault her, but she resisted him strongly. He then took a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her several times before escaping.

Injuries and scratches were found on the perpetrator’s body after his arrest as a result of the victim’s resistance. His clothes were found stained with blood at a laundry.

The Egyptian husband of the victim filed a claim in February stating that he found the body of his 29-year-old Ukrainian wife, Marina Adiklana, in their apartment in Hurghada.

A military guard looks on impassively

Egyptian sentenced to death for murder of Ukrainian woman in Hurghada
Ahram Online , Thursday 7 Mar 2019

A criminal court in Egypt's Red Sea governorate sentenced to death on Thursday a man convicted of killing a Ukrainian woman in the Red Sea resort of town Hurghada in March 2018.

The court has referred the sentence to the country’s grand mufti for his non-binding opinion, as required by Egyptian law, pending a final verdict. 

The case dates back to March 2018, when a 29-year-old Ukrainian Marina Ivanenko, who worked in customer service at a hotel in Safaga, 60 kilometers from Hurghada, was killed.

Ivanenko was stabbed to death in her home, where she was later found by her husband.

Police arrested a 33-year-old Egyptian government employee for the murder, saying the motive was theft.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Seaga Gillard sentenced to die for 2016 double murder at Raleigh motel [March 4, 2019]

A Wake County jury unanimously recommended the death penalty for convicted murderer Seaga Gillard.

Seaga Gillard sentenced to die for 2016 double murder at Raleigh motel
By Alfred Charles, managing editor

 — A Wake County jury on Monday decided to impose the death sentence on Seaga Edward Gillard, convicted of killing two people nearly three years ago at a Raleigh motel.

The unanimous decision came about two hours after the jury resumed deliberations Monday morning.

Gillard did not show any emotion as the jury's decision was read.

The death penalty sentence is the first by a Wake County jury in over a decade.

The jury began its deliberations around 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon in the punishment phase of the trial after nearly 90 minutes of instructions from Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway.

April Lynn Holland and Dwayne Garvey

Gillard, 30, was convicted two weeks ago by the same jury of several charges, including two counts of first-degree murder, attempted robbery with a firearm and attempted first-degree rape.

Security cameras at the motel near Crabtree Valley Mall captured the deaths of Holland and Garvey. During the first phase of the trial, jurors saw the grisly black-and-white footage in which Gillard opened fire on Garvey inside a motel hallway.

Before jurors began deciding what punishment to impose, prosecutors tried to convince the panel that Gillard deserved capital punishment.

"It's about justice (and) our law says this is about maximum justice," said Wake County Assistant District Attorney David Saacks, who argued that Gillard's decision to kill April Lynn Holland, 22, and her boyfriend, Dwayne Garvey, 28, deserved the death penalty.

But defense attorneys urged jurors to reject capital punishment.

"The only way he leaves prison is in a casket," Edd Roberts said. "He will never know the freedoms we take for granted."

Saacks told the jury Friday that despite the couple's involvement in running a prostitution enterprise, their lives still mattered.

After the jury's verdict had been announced, Jacqueline Garvey, the mother of Dwayne Garvey, took the stand to talk about the loss her family has suffered.

"You unjustly changed and hurt people's lives forever, especially (for) his children who will grow up without their father in his life," she said.

Angela Holland, sister of April Lynn Holland, tearfully told the court how her sister's death profoundly affected her, saying she started heavily drinking alcohol to cope with her loss.

"I know you don't care about what you did," Angela Holland said. "And I hate you for that."

Death penalty rare in NC

The state of North Carolina hasn’t executed anyone since August 2006.

A tangle of legal fights, such as the protocol used to carry out death sentences, whether physicians could participate and whether the way the death penalty has been enforced is racially biased, have essentially created a de facto moratorium on capital punishment in the state.

There are currently 140 people on death row at Central Prison.

The last person from Wake County to be sentenced to die is Byron Waring in 2007.

The last time a Wake County jury imposed the death penalty was in 2007, when a jury sentenced Byron Waring to death for the murder of Lauren Redman.

The last time an inmate was executed in North Carolina was in 2006 when Samuel Flippen was put to death.

The Forsyth County man had been convicted of the murder of his 2-year-old stepdaughter.

April Lynn Holland and Dwayne Garvey, who were shot to death on the second floor of the America’s Best Value Inn at 3921 Arrow Drive, off Blue Ridge Road near the Crabtree Valley Mall, before dawn on Dec. 2, 2016. The next day, police charged Seaga Edward Gillard, 28, and Brandon Xavier Hill, 29, with first-degree murder in the double homicide. Courtesy of the Garvey family

Convicted Raleigh double killer could be sentenced to death Friday