Poker player closer to extradition

Poker player closer to extradition

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Former UK tournament regular Marcus Bebb-Jones, who is accused of murdering his wife and using her money for a “playboy” style weekend in Las Vegas, faces extradition to the USA following a court ruling yesterday.

The Worcestershire man is accused of killing his 31-year-old wife Sabrina in 1997 and then dumping her body in a National Park in Colorado. He returned to the UK after eight years in America and is currently living in Kidderminster.

District Judge Howard Riddle, sitting at city of Westminster magistrates court, confirmed yesterday that he saw no reason why the accused could not be extradited to the US. Lawyers for Bebb-Jones argued that extradition to the US would have breached his human rights as he faced the prospect of a life sentence without parole.

Judge Riddle rejected the argument though, saying, “[The sentence] is not obviously or clearly grossly disproportionate. On these facts the prospect of a whole life term falls short of inhuman and degrading treatment.”

Bebb-Jones's legal team also argued that their client could face the death penalty but Colorado prosecutors have confirmed that they won't be seeking it. The case has now been forwarded to the home secretary who will make the final decision regarding the extradition.

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