Cops took away Bandido in his underwear, jury hears

JOE BELANGER, LONDON FREE PRESS

, Last Updated: 3:02 PM ET

Marcelo Aravena was in his boxer shorts when the police came to arrest him.

He let the two Winnipeg police officers into the house, where he lived with Dwight Mushey, when they came to the door after 11 p.m. on June 15, 2006.

The officers asked him to get dressed and followed him to the bedroom where he pulled on a t-shirt and shorts.

Back in the living room, he bent down and kissed his dog, Harley, on the nose before he went outside with the officers to be arrested for eight counts of first-degree murder.

"Yeah, that's fine," he said to the officers before they linked together two sets of handcuffs and cuffed the large man.

"He was very co-operative," testified Winnipeg police Det.-Sgt. Scott Halley at the Bandidos trial this morning.

The focus of the trial returned to the Manitoba capital today with the jury hearing from four Winnipeg police officers.

Two of them described seeing Aravena, 33; Mushey, 41, and a biker-turned-police informant M.H. in their Bandido vests a week before the arrest, during a lengthy surveillance.

Det.-Sgt. Dennis Peterson also told the jury about arresting Mushey shortly after 10 p.m. on June 15, 2006.

Mushey was walking to his blue, late-model Mercedes when the police arrested him at gunpoint.

Peterson said Mushey also was "co-operative."

The jury also heard wiretap intercepts of Mushey on the phone with prospective members of the Winnipeg Bandidos.

It's clear from the conversations he is not in contact with chapter president Michael Sandham, 39, and wants to know what happened during a trip to Texas.

The three Winnipeg men along with Wayne Kellestine, 60, and Frank Mather, 35, of Dutton-Dunwich and Brett Gardiner, 24, of no fixed address have pleaded not guilty to eight counts of first degree murder in the shooting deaths of eight Toronto-area members of the Bandidos motorcycle club on April 8, 2006.

The shooting victims were George Jessome, 52; George Kriarakis, 28; John Muscedere, 48; Luis Raposo, 41; Frank Salerno, 43; Paul Sinopoli, 30; Jamie Flanz, 37; and Michael Trotta, 31.

The trial continues this afternoon

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Jane Sims is a Free Press justice reporter.


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