Chilling photos at Bandidos trial

JANE SIMS

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One by one, the photographs of the dead men as they were found the morning of their deaths flashed onto the courtroom video screens.

Each time, the Crown's star witness at the Bandido trial worked to keep his composure.

"Did you kill him?" asked defence lawyer Tony Bryant, as he went through each of the photos of the dead Toronto Bandidos -- nicknamed Chopper, Boxer, Crash, Pony, Bam Bam, Little Mikey, Big Paulie and Goldberg.

"No," the former Winnipeg Bandido biker, M.H., would say quietly.

"Did Marcelo Aravena kill him?" Bryant, who represents Aravena, asked.

"No," would come the quiet reply.

Bryant suggested M.H. didn't plan to kill the eight men on April 8, 2006 at Wayne Kellestine's Dutton-Dunwich farm, near London.

"There was no plan," M.H. said, after reaching for tissues to dry his eyes.

On the first day of cross-examination of M.H., three of the six defence teams began reviewing his six days of testimony.

Among the revelations yesterday was M.H.'s testimony he had been a police informant in Winnipeg before the Ontario shootings three years ago.

M.H. also revealed that while he's not being paid for his evidence, his expenses are paid by the witness protection program "as long as I tell the truth."

Six men have pleaded not guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder of the bikers found shot to death, their bodies stuffed into vehicles, along an Elgin County road near Shedden.

The jury has heard evidence the men were shot to death at Kellestine's farm before their bodies were moved.

M.H. was part of a probationary chapter from Winnipeg at the farm during the shootings.

Bryant suggested his client, Aravena, was "the ninth" victim.

Bryant pointed to a conversation M.H. had with Aravena and Dwight Mushey while M.H. was being treated in hospital for a gall bladder attack.

M.H. recalled the conversation for the police and said, "Marvelo thought he was going to be killed."

"At points, I did too," M.H. said.

Bryant said his client was "not singing, not dancing, he wasn't doing a jig, dancing around like a princess; he was sweating like a pig."

M.H. said it was more like "a deer caught in the headlights."

"Wayne was telling us all what to do," M.H. said.

Bryant suggested M.H. might have been "Number 10."

But Greg Leslie, lawyer for Frank Mather, pointed to evidence Wayne Kellestine might have become a victim and had his Bandidos membership yanked with the other Toronto Bandidos.

M.H,. agreed the Winnipeg Bandidos showed up uninvited to Kellestine's farm two weeks before the shootings after Sandham told them the U.S. wanted to know what was taking Kellestine so long to pull the Toronto patches and kick the members out of the club.

When they arrived, the Winnipeg group at first couldn't get ahold of Kellestine.

At the gate of Kellestine's farm, in a cell phone call with "Concrete Dave" Weiche, the order was that if Kellestine didn't co-operate, they were "to pull his patch, too."

Weiche, the jury has heard, was a Bandido living in British Columbia who helped set up a meeting on the Canada-U.S. border between Kellestine, Michael Sandham and senior American Bandidos from Washington state.

M.H. agreed he'd been a police informant in Winnipeg before the eight shootings. He had called his handler, Winnipeg police officer Tim Diack, the first week the Manitoba bikers were in Ontario. From a phone booth in Dutton, he left a voice message he was there for a patch-pulling.

When M.H. called him the following week, Diack's voicemail was full.

M.H. said not even his wife knew he was a police informant.

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THE ACCUSED

Wayne Kellestine, 60, Frank Mather, 35, of Dutton-Dunwich; Brett Gardiner, 25, of no fixed address; and Michael Sandham, 39, Marcelo Aravena, 33, and Dwight Mushey, 41, of Winnipeg.

The dead

George (Pony) Jessome, 52, George (Crash) Kriarakis, 28, Bandido Canada president John (Boxer) Muscedere, 48, Luis (Chopper) Raposo, 41, Toronto chapter president Frank "Bam Bam"Salerno, 43, Paul (Big Paulie) Sinopoli, 30, Jamie (Goldberg) Flanz, 37, and Michael (Little Mikey) Trotta, 31.

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