3 charged in death of businessman

The newlywed Koutroubis and his wife, Rhoda, were set to depart on their honeymoon, a one-week Caribbean cruise, days after he went missing. Koutroubis co-owned Six Steps restaurant, a trendy haunt on Colborne St., near Church and Front Sts. He also owned rental properties around the GTA and a UPS store on Front St. W.

The Toronto Star
March 29, 2009

3 charged in death of businessman
Sunny Freeman

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Restaurateur George Koutroubis, 36, was found dead inside his BMW on Feb. 22.

A casual acquaintance of affable restaurateur George Koutroubis was charged with first-degree murder yesterday in connection to the businessman's mysterious death in February.

The accused and victim appeared "to have only a passing acquaintance with each other," said Peel Const. Marlene Murphy.

Police had earlier reported Koutroubis, 36, may have been conducting illegitimate business.

He was considered a bookie and known to "facilitate sports bets," but Murphy said the death does not appear to be gambling related.

"All the information I have about his character is that he was a fine man who was well respected in the business community," she said.

Koutroubis, 36, was found dead Feb. 22 inside his BMW. It was parked outside a Steeles Ave. W. apartment building, overlooking Shoppers World mall in Brampton.

Police said someone else had driven the vehicle to the area.

Andrew Campbell, 43, of Whitby, is charged with first-degree murder.

Peel police also charged a woman and a 17-year-old in connection to the slaying.

Meryl Morgan, 40, also of Whitby, and the youth, who cannot be named, each face a count of being an accessory after the fact to murder.

The three were arrested Friday and appeared in court yesterday. They were denied bail and are scheduled for another court appearance tomorrow.

The newlywed Koutroubis and his wife, Rhoda, were set to depart on their honeymoon, a one-week Caribbean cruise, days after he went missing.

Koutroubis co-owned Six Steps restaurant, a trendy haunt on Colborne St., near Church and Front Sts.

He also owned rental properties around the GTA and a UPS store on Front St. W.

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