Pair tracked as they stalked Hells An­gel

Ba­con mur­der trial told of po­lice track­ing de­vice in­stalled on ve­hi­cle

The Daily Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By RON SEY­MOUR

As they stalked in­tended mur­der vic­tim Larry Amero in their Jeep Chero­kee, two men had no idea po­lice were record­ing their move­ments.

A track­ing de­vice had been in­stalled on the ve­hi­cle dur­ing an ear­lier, un­re­lated po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion. But early the morn­ing of Aug. 14, 2011, it pro­vided a de­tailed elec­tronic trail as the men drove around down­town Kelowna try­ing to find Amero, a Hells An­gel.

A four-hour record of their Jeep’s move­ments was de­tailed Wed­nes­day in B.C. Supreme Court in Kelowna, show­ing the ve­hi­cle be­ing driven be­tween the Delta Grand ho­tel, pri­vate res­i­dences, the Hells An­gels club­house on El­lis Street and the Sap­phire night­club on Leon Av­enue.

The Crown says the men, who can­not be iden­ti­fied be­cause of a pub­li­ca­tion ban, were among a group look­ing for Amero on the or­ders of the late Sukh Dhak. Dhak was feud­ing with other Lower Main­land gang­sters, who he be­lieved were re­spon­si­ble for killing his brother Gur­mit in 2010.

In­for­ma­tion col­lected by the track­ing de­vice matches ear­lier tes­ti­mony given by Crown wit­nesses.

Jonathan Ba­con, another Lower Main­land gang­ster, was killed in the at­tack by three men on the oc­cu­pants of a Porsche Cayenne out­side the Delta Grand the af­ter­noon of Aug. 14, 2011. Amero was wounded, as were two women.

Ju­jhar Khun-Khun, Ja­son McBride and Michael Jones are on trial for the first-de­gree mur­der of Ba­con and the at­tempted mur­der of Amero and the two women.

Also Wed­nes­day, court heard a tele­phone call placed by McBride from a cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity to his girlfriend.

At one point in the con­ver­sa­tion, McBride told his girlfriend he had been talk­ing and laugh­ing with Khun-Khun, dis­cussing the way the cops “did their tac­tics.”

Other parts of the long con­ver­sa­tion are mun­dane, with McBride ex­press­ing con­cern the guards are steal­ing his news­pa­per, which he likes for its Su­doku puz­zle, be­cause it’s not prop­erly ad­dressed to him.

McBride also asks for books by au­thor Wil­bur Smith to be sent to him, and says he wishes he could play Scrab­ble in jail.

“Why would you want to play Scrab­ble? You can’t spell,” his girlfriend teases him.

“Yeah, that’s kind of true,” McBride says.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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