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Bandidos killers to appeal convictions

Four men convicted in the mass slayings of eight men associated withthe Bandidos biker gang have declared their intent to appeal their“unreasonable” and “perverse” convictions.

Four men convicted in the mass slayings of eight men associated with the Bandidos biker gang have declared their intent to appeal their “unreasonable” and “perverse” convictions.

Wayne Kellestine, Dwight Mushey, ex-police officer Michael Sandham, Marcelo Aravena, Frank Mather and Brett Gardiner were convicted late last month of 44 counts of first-degree murder and four counts of manslaughter.

Kellestine, Mushey and Sandham were all found guilty of eight counts each of first-degree murder. Mather and Aravena were found guilty of seven counts each of first-degree murder and one count each of manslaughter, and Gardiner was found guilty of six counts of first-degree murder and two counts of manslaughter.

They were all sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Sandham, Mushey, Mather and Aravena have each filed inmate notices of appeal. Sandham and Aravena indicate they want to appeal their convictions, while Mushey and Mather write they wish to appeal their convictions and sentences.

“The 48 verdicts were perverse and make no sense,” Sandham wrote in his notice of appeal, dated the same day the six men were sentenced in London, Ont.

Sandham also alleges the trial judge, Ontario Superior Court Justice Thomas Heeney, made several errors, including in his charge to the jury, the use of circumstantial evidence and not allowing self-defence.

 
 
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