Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Rod Sweeney's trial has begun



The Canadian Press is reporting that Winnipeg Hells Angel Rod Sweeney's trial has begun. He is accused of chasing down a guy and his kid on their bicycles while in his car and beating him with a metal pole.

Update: In 2011 Kevin Sylvester shot Hells Angel Rod Sweeney in the head as he sat in his tow truck with his young son beside him in retaliation for the disapearance and presumed murder of his brother Darwin Sylvester, who was president of the former Spartans motorcycle club. In 2001 Dale Sweeney, a member of the Angels and brother of Rod Sweeney was charged with attempted murder for shooting Kevin Sylvester.

The Winnipeg Free Press reported that in 1982 "the Los Brovos and the Spartans merged - the Spartans were led by Darwin Sylvester, Graham's younger brother. The reason for merger was to present a united gang the Hells Angels could take over. With the merger, the Spartans ceased to exist."

"The merger unravelled in late 1983 when two Los Brovos were arrested for the rape of 27-year-old woman. The crime made headlines after a deputy police chief was brought in to mediate between the bikers and the victim's angry brothers and father. A van the rape victim's sister owned was found rigged with dynamite. Sylvester and his fellow former Spartans wanted the accused kicked out of the merged gang, feeling they were bad for publicity and brought too much heat. The Los Brovos refused. Sylvester left the gang." Things got ugly after that.

However, "In June 1975, three Spartans gang members -- including its co-founder, Graham Sylvester -- were charged with the rape of a 16-year-old girl. They were later convicted."

"In late 1994, Stadnik flew to Winnipeg and demanded a truce between the two gangs. He set up a third motorcycle gang, the Red Liners, of independent bikers and known drug dealers. The thinking was that by throwing a third gang into the mix, the pot would really start to boil. Whoever rose to the top would become a Hells Angel.

In May 1996, longtime Los Brovos member David Boyko was murdered in Halifax while attending a Hells Angels event. It's believed Magnussen shot Boyko to death to move up the Hells Angels' ranks. In May 1998, Magnussen's bound, decomposed body was pulled out of the St. Lawrence Seaway. He had been beaten to death, wrapped in plastic and dumped in the seaway.

"Ten years later, the violence has renewed, and at the centre of it is the Hells Angels, which despite three high-profile police stings that led to numerous arrests of members and associates, have yet to suffer a knockout blow."

13 comments:

  1. That certainly wasn't terribly nice. Chasing down people on their bikes? The man needs mental health care and if that isn't the problem, he needs a long time in jail to reconsider his actions.

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    1. I don't think he will do jail time for common assault unless he has priors.

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  2. Why does it take these things so long to come to trial?!

    I know defence pulls stalling tactics - especially when the accused is guilty and they are playing for time.

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    1. Good question. Two and a half years for common assault is a while. I'd understand it more if it was BC because the Judicial system in BC is totally screwed up.

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    1. A nice guy for a murderer and a drug dealer associated with rapists.

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    2. "His bounty of athletic looking family members that stay 5 times a week" .. Wow that has to be the dumbest comment I have ever seen on this site!!

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  4. Rob? or Rod? He looks like a friendly enough guy.

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    1. Must be a different guy. This one sure didn't inherit his family's good looks.

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  5. "Ten years later, the violence has renewed".

    Cancer always comes back unless you have a surgeon cut it all out, then follow up with chemo to prevent further infestation. It's the same here.

    If you let it get too far before you treat it.....

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  6. Graham Sylvester was not a founding member of the Spartans.

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  7. What is Brad Sylvester up to these days

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