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Co-accused in biker killings trial testifies

The first of eight biker gang members to die one night in April 2006 ata farm in southwestern Ontario was shot only be­cause one of theaccus­ed, who was just trying to defuse a tense situation, “flinched,”a London, Ont., court heard yesterday.

The first of eight biker gang members to die one night in April 2006 at a farm in southwestern Ontario was shot only be­cause one of the accus­ed, who was just trying to defuse a tense situation, “flinched,” a London, Ont., court heard yesterday.

Six men, several of whom are allegedly linked to a rival faction of the Ban­didos, are on trial charged with eight counts of first-degree murder. The bodies of eight men were found stuffed into vehicles down the road from that farm, which belonged to one of the accused, Wayne Kellestine.

The defence began its case yesterday with accused Michael Sandham taking the stand.

The night of April 7, 2006, eight members of the Toronto Bandidos were in Kellestine’s barn with Kellestine, and the other accused hiding, Sandham testified. Sandham had recently learned the Toronto members were planning to kill him and overheard them discussing it from his hiding place.

When Sandham, accused Dwight Mushey, and a man known as MH because he is now an informant, pop­ped out of their hiding places, one of the Toronto men, Luis Raposo, reached for a gun, Sandham testified.

Sandham told Raposo to stop, that they just wanted to talk, but “he’s just grinning, ignoring me and he shoots.” The shot hit Sandham, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, and on impact he fired the gun in his hand accidentally, Sandham said.

“I flinched ... and my gun went off,” Sandham testified.

 
 
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