Anti-police brutality march declared illegal, broken up

An estimated 150 protesters surrounded in police 'kettle' manoeuvre on side street

A protester shouts at a police officer during an anti police brutality demonstration in Montreal Saturday, March 15.(Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)


Montreal’s 18th annual march against police brutality was declared illegal a matter of minutes after its scheduled start time of 3 p.m. at the intersection of Jean-Talon and Châteaubriand streets.

Montreal police officers dressed in riot gear, including horse-mounted officers, mobilized soon after the announcement to move protesters away from the intersection. An estimated 150 protesters were soon caught in a kettling manoeuvre south of the protest zone on Châteaubriand Street.


Mole leaked 200 names to Hells Angels

Benoit Roberge

An illustration of police mole Benoit Roberge shows him appearing frail and sheepish in the prisoner's box Thursday as the guilty plea was announced in court on March 13, 2014. (Delf Berg/QMI Agency)


MONTREAL — Police mole Benoit Roberge pleaded guilty Thursday to selling a list of 200 police informants to a killer biker.


Roberge appeared frail and sheepish in the prisoner's box Thursday as the guilty plea was announced in court.

The former biker investigator with Montreal police admitted to leaking sensitive information to the very same criminals who he was trusted to bring to justice.

He had investigated bikers for 11 years and testified at their trials.


Son of Kelowna man beaten to death by Hells Angels can't recall if other suspects participated

The oldest son of a Kelowna man beaten to death in a horrific attack involving the Hells Angels says he can’t recall whether two of the men on trial for manslaughter participated in the fatal assault.

Kaylin Phillips, 27, also told a judge Wednesday in Vancouver that he couldn’t recall where a third man accused in the attack on his dad, Dain Phillips, was at the time of the June 2011 attack.

Kaylin’s younger brother, Kody Phillips, had earlier testified that all four men on trial — alleged Hells Angels associates Daniel McRae, Matthew McRae, Anson Schell and Robert Cocks — had kicked his father as he lay on the ground.

Cocks’ son, full-patch Hells Angel Norman Cocks, and fellow Hells Angel Robert Thomas had earlier pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the slaying of Phillips. The two men admitted using a baseball bat and hammer to attack the Kelowna father following a minor dispute between the Phillips brothers and the McRae brothers.


'You see this tattoo?': Kelowna man describes assault, warning from Hells Angels before fatal attack on his father

The son of a Kelowna man who was viciously beaten to death described an assault and a warning from the Hells Angels that preceded his father’s slaying.

Kaylin Phillips, 27, testified Tuesday that he was punched in the face by a man at a recycling depot just hours before his dad, Dain Phillips, was attacked on June 12, 2011.

The Crown witness said that he and his then-girlfriend had gone to the depot in his truck to pick up some boxes for moving when a truck occupied by two men pulled up.

He said one of the men was Daniel McRae, one of four alleged Hells Angels associates on trial for manslaughter in his father’s death.

The other man came up to him and repeatedly called him by his brother Kody’s name, Phillips told B.C. Supreme Court Justice Mark McEwan.

When he denied that he was Kody Phillips, the man with McCrae pointed to a tattoo on his forearm, he said.


Hells Angels assassin will stay behind bars

MONTREAL — A Hells Angels assassin who murdered a prison guard in broad daylight in 1997 will stay behind bars, Quebec's highest court has ruled.

The Quebec Court of Appeal rejected a bid by Hells Angels hitman Paul "Fonfon" Fontaine to have his 2009 conviction overturned.

Fontaine was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Pierre Rondeau, a prison guard who was ambushed as he was driving his bus in east-end Montreal on Sept. 8, 1997. Rondeau's colleague, Robert Corriveau, narrowly escaped.

Fontaine then went into hiding, including a stint in Mexico, during which time he lived under a name he had stolen from a child who died in 1956.

Meanwhile, in 2002, Hells kingpin Maurice "Mom" Boucher was convicted for ordering the deaths of Rondeau and another prison guard, Diane Lavigne, who was shot in her car while driving home north of Montreal.


Bike-show boss acquitted of police assault

Gray represented himself at trial and successfully challenged several facets of the Crown's case.

Judge Wanda Garreck found police breached Gray's rights against unlawful search and seizure and arbitrary detention.

As well, she ruled, Const. Jeff Norman breached his duty to properly investigate who should have been served with a search warrant police obtained to seize a Harley-Davidson Destroyer from a display at the Rolling Thunder motorcycle show at the convention centre on March 16, 2012.

Police and the Crown believe the motorbike belongs to full-patch Hells Angels member Dale Sweeney, who had been collared that day in a major drug crackdown against the gang.

Norman and his partner turned up, notified a convention centre security guard why they were there and moved in to seize the bike.


Ex-Hells Angels hit man seeks early parole under ‘faint hope’ clause

A former Hells Angels hit man turned police informant is trying to get out of prison early using the so-called “faint hope” clause in the Criminal Code that allows convicted murderers to apply for parole after serving 15 years of their 25 year sentence.

Stéphane “Godasse” Gagné, 43, is one of the most high-profile informants to testify against the Hells Angels in Quebec.

He became an informer in 1997 after police told him they had evidence that he was involved in the killing of two Quebec prison guards that year.

His testimony was crucial in bringing down former Hells leader Maurice “Mom” Boucher, who was convicted in 2002 of ordering the deaths of two prison guards in an attempt to destabilize Quebec’s justice system.

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Easy Rider goes electric at Montreal Motorcycle Show

Made-in-Quebec electric motorcycle goes from 0 to 100 km/h in less than five seconds

Heavy metal thunder could be a thing of the past if a revolutionary electric motorcycle catches on, as its Quebec designers hope it will.

Revealed this weekend at the Montreal Motorcycle Show at the Palais Des ?Congrès, the Longueuil-built SORA can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of nearly 200 km/h - all with hardly a sound.

That silence is leaving some old-school motorcycle enthusiasts unconvinced.

"There's no sounds... I like the sounds. A lot of guys… like the sounds the feeling and hearing the motor," said ?Stéphane Bessette.

The silent SORA, however, is making a lot of noise among attendees, says show manager Bianca Kennedy.

"It has certainly added a lot of attention to the show, lots of interest, a lot of buzz," she said. "Innovation always creates interest."