Apr 07, 2021
Testimony Heard At Preliminary Hearing For Benjamin Fleming, Pittsburgh Man Charged After Deadly Hawaii Vacation Rental Fight
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HONOLULU (AP/KDKA) — A Hawaii vacation for three tourists from the U.S. East Coast turned deadly after one of them became “psychotically” drunk, his friend testified Wednesday.
Alexander Germany-Wald of Montclair, New Jersey, testified at a preliminary hearing for his college buddy, Benjamin Fleming of Pittsburgh, who is charged with murder in the strangulation of their friend, Abhishek Gupta, also of Pittsburgh.
The three men — friends since college at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where they were 2020 MBA grads — were staying at a Big Island vacation rental last month when Gupta was asked to leave a bar because he was belligerently drunk, Germany-Wald said.
Germany-Wald said he took Gupta back to their Kailua-Kona Airbnb, while Fleming stayed behind.
While at the condo, Germany-Wald said, he locked himself in a bedroom because Gupta was “berating” him.
After Fleming returned, Germany-Wald and Gupta got into a fistfight.
“I knew that Mr. Gupta was psychotically drunk and that he was not in control of what he was doing,” Germany-Wald said. “I also knew that I was in grave danger when Mr. Gupta was on top of me.”
Fleming intervened and restrained Gupta, Germany-Wald said, adding that he didn’t see what kind of hold he used to restrain Gupta.
Germany-Wald said while he and Fleming were having a beer in the kitchen, they could hear Gupta snoring. They later noticed Gupta wasn’t breathing and Fleming called 911, Germany-Wald said.
Police arrived after paramedics said there wasn’t anything more they could do for Gupta, Germany-Wald said.
Fleming and Germany-Wald were arrested. Germany-Wald was later released without being charged.
Before the hearing got underway, Fleming’s defense attorney, Christopher Eggert, asked that his client be allowed to change out of his jail clothes. Eggert said he was concerned about prejudice against Fleming because the hearing was broadcast on Zoom. The judge allowed him to change shirts.
“I think that’s a fair request,” Judge Cynthia Tai said.
The hearing was scheduled to resume Thursday.
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Man, 47, charged with murder after dad, 41, stabbed to death in the street
A 47-year-old has been charged with murder after a dad was stabbed to death.
Dean Allsop, 41, was knifed in the chest on April 14 - tragically dying from his injuries.5Dean Allsop, 41, was stabbed to death on April 14Credit: East Anglia News Service 5His partner Louise was also woundedCredit: East Anglia News Service
Three others - including his partner Louise - were also taken to hospital with knife wounds.
James Crosbie, 47, has now been charged with one count of murder.
He was also charged with two counts of grievous bodily harm and three counts of possessing an offensive weapon.
Crosbie has been remanded into custody to appear at Norwich Magistrates' Court on Monday.
Armed officers had been called to the scene in Thorpe St Andrew on Wednesday night following reports of a disturbance involving a number of people.
Dad Dean was found fatally injured, with a post-mortem since concluding his cause of death was a stab wound to the chest.5A motorbike is seen covered in a white sheet as cops investigateCredit: East Anglia News Service 5The dad has been remembered for his 'heart of gold'Credit: East Anglia News Service
Locals described Dean paid tribute to the late father, saying he had a "heart of gold".
A second suspect, a 17-year-old male, was also arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.
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The Allsop family were said to have moved to the area around ten-years-ago from Essex.
Thorpe St Andrew is a small town with around 13,000 residents and sits beside the River Yare on the edge of the Norfolk Broads.5A huge police presence responded to the scene in the quiet town of Thorpe St AndrewCredit: UkNewsinPictures