Wit­ness says he sold gun in­volved in trial

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While Josh Walker couldn’t defini­tively say if a hand­gun that forms sev­eral charges against Clint James McLaugh­lin used to be his, he tes­ti­fied he sold a gun ex­actly like it to Noel Harder — not McLaugh­lin.

Walker, an in­mate at the Saskatchewan Pen­i­ten­tiary, tes­ti­fied Thurs­day at McLaugh­lin’s weapons trial in Saska­toon Court of Queen’s Bench.

McLaugh­lin is charged with 17 firearm of­fences in­volv­ing four ri­fles, two shot­guns and two hand­guns found in Harder’s truck on March 28, 2014.

The charges in­clude pos­sess­ing stolen guns, gun traf­fick­ing and unau­tho­rized pos­ses­sion of pro­hib­ited guns.

Harder tes­ti­fied ear­lier this week that McLaugh­lin made him take the guns from his garage be­cause he was wor­ried po­lice would find them.

McLaugh­lin tes­ti­fied Wed­nes­day that the guns didn’t be­long to him, but that he had seen some of them when Harder brought them over to his house, in­clud­ing two hand­guns and a ri­fle.

Harder said McLaugh­lin got one of the hand­guns from Walker. On Thurs­day, Walker in­sisted he would never have done busi­ness with McLaugh­lin, who he called Harder’s “er­rand boy.”

Walker, who knew Harder from the drug trade, tes­ti­fied he had some­one de­liver the same type of hand­gun to Harder for $1,500. On cross-ex­am­i­na­tion, he told the Crown it could have gone to McLaugh­lin first, but that he knew it got to Harder “100 per cent” be­cause Harder sent a mes­sage say­ing how thank­ful he was.

An­other de­fence wit­ness, De­sirae Slater, said she saw two re­volvers in a safe in Harder’s of­fice some­time be­tween Fe­bru­ary and March 2014. She de­scribed one gun as be­ing larger than the other and both as hav­ing wooden han­dles.

The de­scrip­tions matched the hand­guns Harder said he got from McLaugh­lin. When Slater was shown the court ex­hibits, she said they looked ex­actly like the ones she saw at Harder’s of­fice.

Slater said she was do­ing drug de­liv­er­ies for Harder at the time. Po­lice had been watch­ing both Harder and McLaugh­lin — who court heard were mem­bers of the Fallen Saints Mo­tor­cy­cle Club — as part of an investigation into or­ga­nized crime, called Project Forseti.

Of­fi­cers ar­rested Harder shortly af­ter he left McLaugh­lin’s house. He was re­leased the next day with­out charges af­ter of­fer­ing to work as a po­lice agent in Project Forseti.

De­fence lawyer Ni­cholas Stooshi­noff closed his case Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

The Crown ar­gued for a chance to call re­but­tal ev­i­dence, in­clud­ing pos­si­bly re-call­ing Harder in re­sponse to Walker’s tes­ti­mony.

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