Bacon trial depicting gang wars
The gangster said to have orchestrated the murder of Jonathan Bacon met with one of the alleged killers nine days after the shooting, police surveillance tapes show.
Sukh Dhak spoke with Jujhar Khun-Khun outside an Avis rent-acar office on Aug. 25, 2011, the silent tape shown Thursday in B.C. Supreme Court in Kelowna indicates. Joining them was Thomas Mantel, Dhak’s bodyguard.
Dhak and Mantel were subsequently killed together in what police said was retaliation for Bacon’s murder and the attempted murder of three other people outside Kelowna’s Delta Grand hotel on Aug. 14, 2011.
Khun-Khun has been shot twice since then, including once when he was hit nine times.
Khun-Khun is on trial, along with Jason McBride and Michael Jones, for Bacon’s murder. The three also face attempted murder charges for the woundings of the other people inside the Porsche Cayenne that was ambushed on a busy Sunday afternoon.
The Crown alleges Khun-Khun, McBride, and Jones were ordered by Dhak to kill the rival gangsters, who he believed were responsible for the death of his brother Gurmit the preceding year.
Also Thursday, the Crown played video compiled from various surveillance cameras in downtown Kelowna that shows a Jeep Cherokee being driven around for about three hours early on the day of the shooting.
The vehicle logs a lot of kilometres on a short circuit between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., cruising many times past the Delta Grand hotel’s front entrance, Rose’s Pub and Sapphire nightclub.
The Crown says the Jeep was being driven by two men who were trying to determine the whereabouts of Larry Amero, a Hells Angel who Dhak wanted killed.
Those two men cannot be named because of a publication ban.
About 4 a.m., the Jeep pulled into the Chevron gas station at the corner of Harvey Avenue and Pandosy Street. One of the men gets out to pay for something through the gas station’s security window.
The vehicle is then driven into the parking garage at the nearby Waterscapes residential complex.
The trial continues.