Ba­con trial de­pict­ing gang wars

Penticton Herald - - OKANAGAN SIMILAKEEN - By RON SEY­MOUR

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.

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