Greed drove bandit to kill tattoo parlour owner: Crown

A deadly robbery was triggered by the oldest motive of all — greed, a Crown attorney told the jury at the alleged killer’s first-degree murder trial.

Crown attorney Elizabeth Bozak said in her opening statements that Yonge Street tattoo parlour owner Wasfi Ghalban was living alone in his 200 Wellesley St. E. apartment when Lance Burkhard, Chris Fuller and Kyle Schindermann met outside the victim’s home on Dec. 1, 2014.

Burkhard and Schindermann lay in wait for Ghalban to return home from work while Fuller acted as a lookout, said Kozak. When Ghalban arrived, Burkhard and Schindermann “ambushed him, forcing him inside his apartment.

“Once inside, Burkhard and Schindermann overpowered Ghalban and he was beaten,” said Kozak.

In the course of the beating, Ghalban was stabbed once in the neck.

“His jugular vein was almost completely severed,” said Bozak.

As a result, Ghalban bled to death in his home.

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The reason for the robbery and death was money, the jury heard.

“Burkhard and Schindermann had been tipped off by a man named Philip Frauts that Ghalban had a lot of money inside his apartment,” said Kozak.

“They wanted to steal his money. And they did.

“Why? Greed,” said Kozak.

She and co-counsel Scott Patterson are alleging Burkhard committed first-degree murder in the death of Ghalban, 47. Burkhard, 35, of Richmond Hill, has pleaded not guilty.

The prosecution is calling Schindermann, Fuller and Frauts to testify as witnesses.

The Crown also has forensic evidence, including surveillance video of Burkhard and Schindermann entering and exiting the apartment building, analysis of blood stains throughout the victim’s apartment and analysis of bloody footwear impressions left behind by Burkhard and Schindermann.

The trial resumes Tuesday.

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