Man who kidnapped Edmonton businessman to be sentenced


A man convicted in the kidnapping of an Edmonton businessman is set to be sentenced Thursday.

A judge found Raheel Ghias Khalon, 31, guilty last year of the 2013 abduction and beating of Alex Davidoff.

He is scheduled to appear in Court of Queen’s Bench Thursday to be sentenced on charges of kidnapping, extortion and unlawful confinement.

Amtul Khalon, Khalon’s mother, is also accused in the crime, but has since fled to Pakistan and remains wanted on an outstanding warrant, court heard last year.

Davidoff, 66, testified during the trial that he was alone in his office at the Glenora Skyline condo project at 142 Street and Stony Plain Road on July 21, 2013. He was waiting to meet a potential investor when a man came in, struck him over the head and choked him.

Davidoff was put in the back of a car and driven to a home where he was forced into a bathtub. At one point, he testified, assailants put duct tape around his neck and demanded varying amounts of money.

Officers investigating the incident later arrested Khalon, who was riding in a Buick with his mother. Both were taken into custody. The mother told police they would find Davidoff in the basement bathroom of her Sherwood Park property, and that another suspect, David Chipere, would also be in the house.

Chipere pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful confinement last year.

With files from Paige Parsons

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Source:: Edmonton Journal

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