'Money-hungry, evil men' murdered my son, Surrey Six victim's mother tells court
VANCOUVER -- The mother of an innocent bystander murdered during the notorious Surrey Six killings gave a searing address to one of the men responsible during a sentencing hearing Friday.
Eileen Mohan’s used her victim impact statement to describe how “money-hungry, evil men” killed her son Chris 13 years ago, in what remains one of the worst gangland slayings in B.C.'s history. She addressed the court while former Red Scorpions leader Jamie Bacon sat in the dock.
“We were a simple, happy family,” Mohan said, until that day.
“That is when my son Christopher Mohan’s loving heart stopped beating and his beautiful, innocent spirit was horribly, violently and forcefully snatched by money-hungry, evil men,” she said.
Mohan added that their "natural identity of mother and son was replaced with 'victim' and 'victim's mother.'"
The high-security room at B.C. Supreme Court was packed with as many families, members of the public, and reporters as the court’s COVID-19 plan would allow.
The trial heard that the Crown and defence are making a joint sentencing submission of 18 years on a charge of conspiracy to commit the murder of Bacon’s rival, Corey Lal.
According to a joint statement of facts, a few weeks before the murders, Lal told a Bacon associate he should work for him instead.
Bacon took offence, and demanded that Lal pay him a $100,000 tax, or suffer the consequences.
The deadline for the payment passed, and at a meeting that afternoon, Bacon and other Red Scorpions decided Lal had to be killed, or the group would look weak.
The first plan, to lure Lal to a parking lot, was sidelined, because a murder during a home-invasion robbery would have been more profitable.
Three gangsters entered the Surrey high-rise apartment, and murdered Lal, Lal’s brother and two more of his associates.
Worried about witnesses, they also murdered Ed Schellenberg, a gas fitter who happened to be there, and Mohan's son, a 22-year-old who lived with her on the same floor.
Bacon has been in prison since his arrest in 2009, but a decade-long legal saga, which included the staying of some charges and a mistrial, dragged on.
In May, the B.C. Court of Appeal had ordered a new trial for Bacon. In July, Bacon appeared in court to make a surprise guilty plea to the conspiracy charge.
Bacon also pleaded guilty to counselling the murder of a gang enforcer on New Year’s Eve 2008, offering to forgive a $20,000 drug debt for the murder. But the intended victim wore a bullet-proof vest and survived. The court heard bacon told the gunman he should have shot point-blank — and considered hiring a professional to try again.
The proposed sentence for the counselling to commit murder charge is 10 years, concurrent with the 18 year conspiracy sentence.
Mohan told reporters in July she hopes Justice Kathleen Ker will ignore the 18-year deal and sentence Bacon to a longer term.
The sister of Corey and Michael Lal told the court she was seven months pregnant with her first child when her two brothers were murdered. Her three children have never known their two uncles.
“You decided which hallways were safe to walk down. You decided which mothers didn’t deserve to watch their children grow up. You decided which daughters didn’t deserve their dad. You decided which sisters would be left alone,” she said to Bacon.
“I’m sickened to my core at the celebrations that took place. As you gallivanted in Mexico, knowing what had happened. The countless days without remorse is unfathomable…
“The sentencing that will come is not for the death of six men. It should be,” she said.
Justice Ker said she will give a sentence on Friday, Sept. 11.