REAL SCOOP: Update on sentencing in the Hells Angels and friends case

There has been a delay in some of the sentencing hearings in the drug conspiracy case involving two Hells Angels and their associates.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Carol Ross explained Monday that she has been delayed at a trial in Prince Rupert and therefore would not be available to resume the sentencing hearings for James Howard, Bryan Oldham, David Giles and Shawn Womacks until later this month.   

David Giles

Ross spoke by phone in courtroom 74 to Ian Donaldson, the lawyer representing Oldham, the full-patch HA member who was convicted last fall of possession for the purpose of trafficking. His sentencing has been adjourned to March 24.  


Hells Angels still trying to get belongings from 2009 raid of Hamilton clubhouse

The Hells Angels were back in court Friday, trying to get back possessions they say police took from their Hamilton clubhouse during a raid in 2009.

Their attempts, however, were unsuccessful — mainly because Crown prosecutors say the government doesn't have the belongings the motorcycle club is demanding.

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation and member Andre Watteel had a number of items returned in 2013 after a judge ordered all seized property be given back immediately.

And most of it was, but not everything, Hells Angels lawyer Chris Argiropoulos argued on Friday. Ontario Court Justice Andrew Goodman, however, dismissed Argiropoulos' new application.


Bust at biker’s chop shop leads to forfeiture of customized motorcycles, vehicle parts and tools

A local man behind one of the largest-scale chop shops ever busted in the Okanagan has agreed to forfeit customized motorcycles, vehicle parts and tools to B.C.’s Civil Forfeiture Office (CFO).

Under a court-approved settlement, John Edward Newcome has signed over two dozen complete or partial motorcycles, including sport bikes, choppers and custom Harley-Davidsons. Also forfeited are garage and trades tools including bike hoists, a wheel balancer, a tire machine, welders and a drill press. Some of the assets are currently listed online at www.bcauction.ca and open to public bidding; others will be posted in the days ahead. Viewing details will appear in the auction listings.


Sudbury police station bomber dies

Ion William Croitoru, 53, was a member of a biker gang when station was bombed in 1996

One of the men convicted in the bombing of the Greater Sudbury Police station in the 1990s has died.

Ion William Croitoru, 53, who wrestled as Johnny K-9 and Bruiser Bedlam in the WWF and Smoky Mountain Wrestling, was found dead in a Toronto halfway house, according to media reports. Croitoru was also a member of the Satan's Choice bike gang.

In 1996, he and some friends were kicked out of Solid Gold, a former strip club in Sudbury, for wearing gang colours. They plotted revenge by planning to blow the place up, but changed their minds and ended up planting the device by police headquarters, blowing a hole in the side of the building and causing more than $100,000 damage.

He was convicted in 1998, and sentenced to 33 months in jail. 


Two members of outlaw motorcycle gangs collared in Fort McMurray drug trafficking sting

Two men are charged after police in Fort McMurray say they arrested two members of Hells Angels support clubs — the Tribal and Syndicate motorcycle groups.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) and Wood Buffalo RCMP arrested the two men Feb. 15 as part of a drug trafficking investigation. Though both men are from Fort McMurray, one of them is a member of the Red Deer Syndicate club, say police.  

As part of the probe, police searched two homes and seized a loaded nine-millimetre handgun with the serial number removed, 40 rounds of ammunition, 40 grams of cocaine, 10 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and several Tribal motorcycle club vests. 

Tribal and Syndicate are among two dozen Hells Angels support clubs in the province, said ALERT in a Thursday news release. A Syndicate chapter was established in Fort McMurray in 2009, compared to the newer chapter of Tribal, first seen in November 2016. 


Hells Angel Robert Allen found guilty of cocaine trafficking

Robert Allen charged during Project Forseti raids in 2015

A member of the Hells Angels has been convicted of cocaine trafficking.

Rob Allen, 36, was arrested in the RCMP's Project Forseti, a massive drug investigation which saw 19 homes and businesses raided across Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Crown witness Noel Harder testified he worked undercover with the RCMP trying to get evidence that Allen was organizing the movement of cocaine between the two provinces.


Reduced penalty for a Hells Angels, release for another

The veteran of the Hells Angels chapter in Quebec, Daniel Hudon, has just seen his sentence be reduced by almost half by the Court of Appeal and another Hells Angels veteran Alain Ruest, received statutory release recently .

Hudon, 65, was sentenced to 32 months in prison after pleading guilty, like the vast majority of Hells Angels arrested and charged after Operation SharQc, to a conspirator for murder in August 2013.

But this morning the Court of Appeal reduced the sentence to 18 months, under an agreement between the prosecution and the defense. This means that his sentence, which was due to expire in May 2018, will end next month. Hudon’s proceedings before the Court of Appeal are similar to those of some 30 other Hells Angels who applied to the highest court in the province for a reduction in sentence following the abrupt end of the sentence. Trial of five members of the Sherbrooke section in October 2015.


Hells Angels member gets 4 years for attack on Winnipeg teen, uncle

Rod Sweeney was found guilty of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon for attacking the two with a metal bar.

WINNIPEG — A member of a biker gang has been sentenced to four years in prison for an attack on a 14-year-old Winnipeg boy and his uncle.

Rod Sweeney was found guilty of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon for attacking the two with a metal bar.

The attack in August 2013 left the boy’s arm broken in two places.

The Crown prosecutor asked the judge to sentence Sweeney to four years in prison, while the defence wanted an 18-month provincial sentence, followed by up to three years of probation.

Sweeney, 48, was a full-patch member of the Hells Angels when he attacked the teen and his uncle as they rode by his house on bicycles.


City councillor says no connection with bar where Hells Angels met

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – A city councillor, whose sister owns a bar that recently played host to a meeting of outlaw motorcycle gang members, says he has no involvement with that bar.


Mitchell Tweel is referring to Hot Shots Sports Bar where one of the meetings was recently held.

“Do I have any involvement with Hot Shots sports bar? The answer is no. I never was involved (in the bar),’’ Tweel said. “That is owned by my sister. She is my sister and I love her dearly (but) I’ve got nothing to do with it; nothing in any way, shape or form.’’

The Guardian also reached out to Tweel’s sister, Kathy, who owns the bar, for comment.

“I don’t discriminate against anybody,’’ Kathy said. “Anybody can have a meeting here. The place is open to the public.’’


P.E.I. outlaw gang legislation may not hold up, says criminologist

Province proposing new legislation to limit gang activity on P.E.I.

The P.E.I. government's plan to try to limit outlaw motorcycle gang activity through legislation may meet with legal challenges, says Halifax criminologist Stephen Schneider.

The province recently announced it was considering several measures to make outlaw motorcycle gang activity more difficult.

Saint Mary's University criminologist Stephen Schneider told CBC News the use of provincial legislation to control gangs has become quite common in recent years.