Defence calls witness in gang murder trial a ‘liar’
Lawyers for three men accused of plotting the murder of a rival gangster said Thursday the Crown’s star witness can’t be believed.
And they said even if the witness’s testimony is accepted, Justice Beth Hughes can’t find the trio conspired to murder (Fat) Vinh Truong.
Trong Nguyen, Henry Nguyen and Byran Balla are charged with conspiracy to murder Truong, a member of the FK street gang, in September 2012.
Much of the Crown’s case relies on the testimony of a witness who can only be identified by the pseudo-initials A.B.
But Trong Nguyen’s lawyer, Adriano Iovinelli, said the witness is an admitted perjuror and murderer and should be disbelieved.
“He lies because he’s a liar,” Iovinelli said.
The witness has full immunity from prosecution for three murders he admitted committing.
Iovinelli said A.B. implicated his client because he felt he had to give the police something to ensure the immunity deal remained in place.
Without the deal, the witness feared prosecution on three murder charges, the lawyer said.
He said based on the evidence, Hughes could easily find A.B. was counselling his client and the others to kill Truong.
Iovinelli also said there was no evidence any of the three accused agreed with each other to a joint plan to murder Truong.
He said A.B.’s testimony indicated the only time he was with all three accused, the murder plan wasn’t discussed.
In final arguments Wednesday, Crown prosecutor Adam May said the evidence against the three accused was overwhelming.
May said the testimony of A.B. was backed up by recorded conversations and other evidence.
“There is a wealth of independent evidence that corroborates the witness evidence,” May told Hughes.
A date for the judge’s ruling will be set Jan. 19.