DA: Man beaten for winning dice game

August 13, 2010
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EGLESTON SQ.—A Dorchester man won a dice game in a Jamaica Plain basement on May 23, but nearly lost his ear when a sore loser beat him severely with a bottle, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Efren Vallant, 41, of the South End faces charges of mayhem and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in the 3 a.m. incident at 3205 Washington St.

The DA’s Office said that Vallant and the unidentified victim both attended a late-night party in the basement and began playing dice, gambling $10 to $20 per roll. After the victim won several dice rolls, Vallant allegedly grabbed all of the money in the gambling pot, taking half of it and throwing the rest at the victim.

The argument allegedly turned violent, with Vallant swinging a bottle into the victim’s head, knocking him out, according to prosecutors. Police officers responding to the scene found the victim “with blood covering his head and saturating his clothes,” according to the DA’s Office. The victim’s injuries including a nearly severed left ear.

The victim knew his alleged gambling competitor-turned-attacker only by the nickname “Kuba.” Police and the victim later were allegedly able to identify “Kuba” as Vallant.

Vallant’s bail was set at $100 at a July 26 court hearing. He will return to court on Aug. 20.

From a press release.

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