Man arrested in Surrey Six slaying day after giant poker win

A Cloverdale man was arrested in connection to a 2007 mass murder at aSurrey highrise a day after he won one of B.C.’s largest pokertournaments.

A Cloverdale man was arrested in connection to a 2007 mass murder at a Surrey highrise a day after he won one of B.C.’s largest poker tournaments.

Sephon Sek, 30, was charged yesterday with manslaughter and break and enter for his alleged role in the October 2007 slayings of six people at the Balmoral Tower in Whalley.

On Sunday night, Sek celebrated after winning the B.C. Poker Championship at Richmond’s River Rock Casino. He bested 680 players, including a number of professional international poker stars, and won $364,364.

Howard Blank, a vice-president with Great Canadian Gaming, the company that owns the casino, said RCMP requested, through the B.C. Lottery Corporation, that the casino hold on to the funds.

“Before he could come pick up his cheque he was arrested,” Blank said. “He has not received his winnings.” Sek was not known to the casino, he added, and was just one of the many people who entered the tournament.

His arrest on Monday comes almost eight months after a man pleaded guilty and three others were charged in the murders.

Eileen Mohan, the mother of Chris Mohan, one of two slain innocent bystanders, applauded the work of investigators.

“We’re trying to live day-by-day with one of the members of our family gone away — snatched away — from us and any word like this is certainly uplifting,” Mohan said.

 
 
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