Low lying fog in Kelowna delayed an in-person court appearance of the three men charged with the 2011 murder of gangster Jonathan Bacon.
Jujhar Khun-Khun, Jason Thomas McBride and Michael Hunter Jones were scheduled for a court appearance Wednesday morning, but transport from their respective holding areas was stymied by Mother Nature.
Fog delayed or cancelled a number of flights in and out of the Kelowna airport during various points over the week, according to airport communications person Jenelle Hynes, noting that it’s a seasonal issue connected to changing weather.
It meant both the accused and their lawyers were unable to attend an application made by defence. It will wait until March 25.
Despite the no-shows, there was still much ado at the local courthouse. The appearance of the three men warranted a hike in security.
Those who intended to attend proceedings were asked to submit to a scan of their purses and pockets, and a brief wand-ing—a practice rarely used. It’s likely to remain the standard when the three accused start their six-month trial, which is scheduled for April of 2016.
Bacon, who was the leader of the Lower Mainland based Red Scorpions gang, was shot dead Aug. 14, 2011, outside the Delta Grand Hotel.
Hells Angel Larry Amero and Independent Soldier James Riach were also believed to be in the car.
Amero is now in jail in Montreal after being arrested there for trafficking, following a major undercover drug investigation. Riach is in police custody in the Philipines following his arrest for allegedly taking part in a drug trafficking ring.
Another passenger, Leah Hadden-Watts, had her spinal column severed by a bullet. She now has paralysis in both her legs, most of her upper torso and partial paralysis of both arms and hands. Hadden Watts has now filed a civil suit against the trio facing criminal charges as well as the companies that operate the Delta Grand hotel and the nearby casino.
Khun-Khun, McBride and Jones are each charged with first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and three firearms offences.