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07
Nov
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3 Bacchus Motorcycle Club members sentenced for extortion

Convictions mark first time 'criminal organization' designation has been used in Nova Scotia

Three Nova Scotia members of the Bacchus Motorcycle Club have been sentenced to jail terms ranging from 18 months to three years on charges of extortion and extortion as members of a criminal organization.

Patrick Michael James, 51, received the longest sentence Wednesday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court: two years on a charge of extortion and an additional year on the charge related to a criminal organization.

Justice Peter Rosinski ordered that James must serve half his sentence before he can begin applying for parole. Typically, inmates can apply for parole after serving a third of their sentence.

Duayne Jamie Howe, 49, received a total of two years for the same two charges. He must also serve three years probation when he completes his jail term. David John Pearce, 44, received an 18-month jail sentence and three years probation.

Mon
22
Oct
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Sentencing begins for Bacchus motorcycle gang members

Convictions stem from incidents in 2012 involving man whose identity is protected by publication ban

A justice of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court has reserved his sentencing decision in the case of three members of the Bacchus Motorcycle Club who have been convicted of extortion and intimidation.

In convicting Patrick Michael James, 51, Duane Jamie Howe, 49, and David John Pearce, 44, Justice Peter Rosinski also found that Bacchus is a criminal organization, the first time that designation has been made in Nova Scotia.

The men were convicted in a trial this summer.

The convictions stem from incidents in 2012 involving a man whose identity is protected by a publication ban.

The man tried to open a chapter of the Brotherhood Motorcycle Club in Nova Scotia. It is not an outlaw gang, but it uses vests and patches similar to those worn by outlaw riders.

Mon
13
Aug
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Shooting victim's biker past not connected to his death, family says

Donnie Robichaud was a full-patch member of Bacchus until one year ago, according to his family

A Fredericton shooting victim left Bacchus Motorcycle Club a year before his death, aiming to spend more time with his two teenage sons.

But his family says Donnie Robichaud's biker past is not connected to the shooting that took his life.

"He was away from his sons a lot and he wanted more time with them," said his wife, Melissa Robichaud.

"He felt like a bad father. He felt like a bad husband."

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01
Nov
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Judge allows unusual evidence for biker gang trial

A Nova Scotia judge has allowed prosecutors to employ a little-used type of evidence in an attempt to prove the Bacchus Motorcycle Club is a criminal organization.

A Nova Scotia judge has allowed prosecutors to employ a little-used type of evidence in an attempt to prove the Bacchus Motorcycle Club is a criminal organization.

Normally, extrinsic evidence — something that shows similar misconduct — isn’t allowed at trial. But, in a decision released Monday, Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Peter Rosinski ruled it will be permitted in the case against Duayne Jamie Howe, Patrick Michael James and David John Pearce, three alleged Bacchus members facing charges of uttering threats and intimidation to protect their territory.

“I conclude that the probative value of the proposed evidence outweighs any prejudicial effect on the fair trial rights of Mr. James, and that this is also true in relation to Mssrs. Howe and Pearce,” Rosinski said.