Surrey Six trial of Jamie Bacon put off a second time – to October 2016


   Chris Mohan’s memorial.  Photo by Chandra Bodalia

Chris Mohan’s memorial.
Photo by Chandra Bodalia

ADDITIONAL pre-trial applications and issues concerning disclosure of some privileged material by Crown has forced the delay – a second time – of the Surrey Six trial of Red Scorpions gang leader Jamie Bacon, who is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree murder. The trial will resume in October 2016.

Innocent victims Chris Mohan, 22, a South Asian, and Edward J. Schellenberg, 55, of Abbotsford and four other victims who police say led criminal lifestyles – brothers Corey Jason Michael Lal, 21, and Michael Justin Lal, 26, and Edward (Eddie) Sousakhone Narong, 22, and Ryan Bartolomeo, 19 – were executed in typical gang-style fashion at Apartment 1505 of the Balmoral Towers at 9830 East Whalley Ring Road in Surrey on October 19, 2007.

Red Scorpion gangsters Cody Haevischer and Matthew Johnston were each convicted of six counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder and received mandatory life sentences of 25 years with no parole eligibility last December. They are appealing their convictions.

In November 2013 Michael (Quang Vinh Thang) Le, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in the Surrey Six murder case. Initially, he had been charged with one count of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Consequently, a charge of first-degree murder for the murder of Corey Lal was stayed. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison. But his term will be ending in less than a couple of years because he got double-time credit for pre-sentence custody since 2009. The Harper government has since done away with double-time credit.

Person X, who cannot be identified because of a publication ban, pleaded guilty in April 2009 to the murders of three victims and to conspiracy to commit murder. He is serving a life sentence with no parole for 15 years.

Sophon Sek, charged with manslaughter and breaking and entering in the case, has yet to go on trial.