Casino Millionaire Charged With Brutal Murder Of His WifeOctober 26, 2009 8:39 am
Casino entrepreneur Mark Campbell, 53, has been charged with murder after the body of his wife was found at their £500,000 penthouse in Harrow north-west London. The high flying couple, thought to be worth around £300 million, had been apart several months and were considering divorce but had recently moved back in together at their Harrow-on-the-Hill home.
Police arriving at the scene found his Spanish wife, Olga Pleguezuelos Puixeu, 35, brutally murdered with several knife wounds to her body while Mark Campbell was close by with serious stab wounds to his neck and wrists, which are believed to be self inflicted.
Mark Campbell founded the online gaming company Gem Lifestyle, had floated several dotcom businesses worth millions and was currently the chief information officer for International Leisure Development which was promoting Gran Scala development. The project involved building around 70 hotels, 32 casinos, horse tracks and theme parks in the desert between Madrid and Barcelona by 2015 thus creating thousands of jobs and attracting millions of visitors a year.
His wife, Olga Pleguezuelos Puixeu, spoke four languages, was a marketing manager for Aristocrat Europe, and was soon to be promoted to sales director later in the year and move to Las Vegas. Aristocrat Europe is a global supplier of gaming machines to casino and was also a partner in the Gran Scala project, designed to be Europe’s biggest leisure complex.
Following the news, Aristocrat Technologies spokesperson Alex Fierek, said “To all those who knew her, Olga was a breath of fresh air. She will be greatly missed by all her friends and colleagues at Aristocrat.”
Following his 999 call, Mark Campbell was taken to hospital to receive treatment for his injuries, after which he was arrested on suspicion of murder and has subsequently been formerly charged with her murder, police said.