LONDON, Ont. ─ The outspoken ringleader of a Bandidos biker massacre is seeking a new trial because his own outrageous words were used against him.
Wayne Kellestine's appeal of eight first-degree murder convictions is also based on the arguments he was not well served by his defence team and was the target of untrustworthy bikers eager to deflect blame.
"Providing (Kellestine) with a fair trial was a serious challenge to the justice system and the trial judge. The charges in this case were shocking and the subject of widespread publicity . . . and (Kellestine) was personally notorious in the region as a dangerous outlaw biker," states the factum, the basic arguments, prepared for a court of appeal hearing scheduled for June.
Given the charges, notoriety and the attacks on his character during the trial, it was key that Kellestine, also a member of the Bandidos at the time, get a complete defence that ensured the judge properly charged the jury before deliberations, the factum states.