: Independent: Son of Canadian tycoon charged with torturing Ukrainian girlfriend to death

15:26 Jun. 2, 2016

Independent: Son of Canadian tycoon charged with torturing Ukrainian girlfriend to death

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The charges could bring the death penalty to the screenwriter and graphic novelist

A screenwriter and artist - and son of a prominent Canadian real estate tycoon - was charged with torturing and killing his girlfriend before draining her blood in West Hollywood.

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Blake Leibel, 35, pleaded not guilty to the allegations of murder, mayhem, aggravated mayhem, and torture, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said in a statement. Leibel faces the death penalty if found guilty.

Prosecutors accuse Leibel of killing his girlfriend Iana Kasian, 30, between 23 May and 26 May in their West Hollywood apartment. 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Ms Kasian's mother had contacted authorities on 26 May to conduct a welfare check. When officers arrived to the apartment, they found Leibel barricaded in the apartment with Ms Kasian's body - reportedly mangled.

"Kasian was tortured and mutilated before she was killed and all of her blood was drained from her body," Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef said. 

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