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Poker game thief in Vancouver sentenced to 12 years in prison

Ali Rafid Khudh Khudhair was found guilty of manslaughter and robbery

British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Heather MacNaughton has sentenced a Vancouver man to 12 years in prison after he pled guilty to a March 2021 armed robbery of a poker game and the shooting of a sex worker two months later.

Iraqi-born Ali Rafid Khudh Khudhair, 26, was sentenced for manslaughter, robbery, and using an imitation firearm during the commission of a robbery. He attended a poker home game hosted at a condo in Burnaby in March 2021 and didn’t play but sat next to the friend he came with.

After the friend lost all his money, they went outside and returned with firearms. Everyone was then ordered to put their phones on the table and lie on the floor face down. Khudhair took a Rolex watch from one guest before taking CAD$1,500 (US$1,103) from the host after twice striking him in the face.

He then stole another CAD$10,000 (US$7,355) after threatening the host’s life if he didn’t give up all the money. As the host was pistol-whipped to produce more money, he grabbed a nearby knife and slashed Khudhair’s face while pushing him outside the bedroom, where he escaped with his friend.

In May 2021, Khudhair arrived at a sex worker’s home for a liaison when he attempted to rob her at gunpoint, but her boyfriend was in the spare bedroom. When the boyfriend came to investigate, he somehow pushed Khudhair out of the bedroom, where he turned and fired a shot that struck the woman as he ran downstairs toward the exit.

Khudhair threw the gun into the bushes outside, and the boyfriend wrestled him down, beating him until police arrived. Medics soon found the woman unresponsive, and emergency surgery at the hospital to save her life was unsuccessful.

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