BC Poker Champion charged in gang slayings of six men in Surrey, B.C
SURREY, B.C., Canada, Dec. 03, 2009
The winner of the BC Poker Champion, Sek of Cloverdale, BC, was arrested and changed with manslaughter.
- He was was arrested two days after winning the poker event.
- The charges stem from a six person high rise slaying from 2007.
- Sek is the sixth person arrested in conjunction with this murder spree. Sek had just won the BC Poker Championships after outlasting 679 other players, including Canadian poker pros Brad Booth and Gavin Smith and taking home $364,364 CAD.
The RCMP's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team announced the Sek of Cloverdale, 30, faces charges of manslaughter and break and enter with intent in connection to the October 2007 murders.
Sek faces less serious allegations than the other five charged previously.
Mohan's parents sue
five gangsters & owners of highrise Balmoral Tower
- SURREY, B.C., Canada, Nov. 05, 2007
Eileen and Sunil Mohan, the parents of an innocent
Surrey victim, Chris Mohan, 22, who was murdered in a mass slaying
in Surrey on Oct. 19, 2007, have filed a civil suit against four
gangsters and owners of the rented suite in which the murder took
place, the strata corporation that owns the highrise Balmoral Tower
and Atira Property Management, the company that looks after the
The suit says:
- Chris Mohans lived across from the death suite from Sept. 15
to Oct. 19, 2007, without any warning that the tenant, Cory Lal,
"used Unit 1505 as a site from which to manufacture and sell
- The illegal activities of Mr. Lal in Unit 1505 were known to
the defendants, the owners of the TOWER- Caesar and Myrna Tiojanco,
to the defendant Strata Corporation, and to the defendant Atira,
but notwithstanding this knowledge, and the knowledge that this
illegal activity gave rise to heightened risks of violence and
injury for the immediate neighbours of Unit 1505, neither Caesar
or Myrna Tiojanco, the Strata Corporation nor Atira warned Christopher
Mohan or his family of Mr. Lal's activities in Unit 1505.
- These killings were preventable if there had been adequate security
and people who had knowledge of wrong-doing within the building
had taken action," she said. "Yet it seemed that everyone
wanted to sweep this aside and did not care that the tenant in
apartment 1505 posed sufficient danger to the safety and security
of everyone in the Balmoral Towers.
- The defendants Karbovanec, Haevischer and Johnston then jointly
decided to kill Christopher Mohan to prevent Mr. Mohan from being
able to identify them.
- The Mohan's PARENTS allege the property owners and the management
company "negligently failed" to warn or provide adequate
security that would have saved their son.
- The defendants Karbovanec, Haevischer, and Johnston, Bacon,
Le and Doe intentionally, recklessly or negligently assaulted,
battered and caused the death of Christopher Mohan
- The plaintiffs seek general, special and punitive damages,
and solicitor-client costs against the defendants.
- They had no choice but to pursue a lawsuit.
Jamie Bacon has filed a constitutional challenge of
his solitary confinement- this challenge continues this week in
B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. He is also appearing in Surrey
Provincial Court with his brother Jarrod for a trial on a series
of gun and drug charges.
sentenced to life with no eligibility for parole for 15 years
April 9, 2009:
Karbovanec, 28, sentenced to life with no eligibility for parole
for 15 years. Bacon, Johnson and Haevischer have also been charged
with one count of conspiracy to murder Lal.
The documents say:
- Karbovanec was addicted to oxycontin, a painkiller, at the time
of the Surrey slayings.
- He is "remorseful for his actions" and was "not
under any obligation to enter into any arrangement" in pleading
entered a guilty plea
April 3, 2009:
Dennis Karbovanec, 28, entered a guilty plea on all three counts
who was charged with the second-degree murder of Christopher Mohan,
22, Ryan Bartolomeo, 19, and Michael Lal, 26.
Four others are also charged with conspiracy to commit murder in
the death of Corey Lal, 21. The others charged include Jamie Bacon,
23, Matt Johnson, Cody Haevischer and "Person X."
Bacon was arrested when RCMP raided on his Abbotsford
home Friday morning. The Red Scorpions engaged in a violent struggle
with the UN gang for control of the Lower Mainland's illegal drug
trade. Karbovane, Bacon, Bacon's brothers Jarrod and Jonathan were
the key members of Red Scorpions. The RCMP took one and half years
for the investigation of additional arrest.
Karbovanec will appear next Thursday in Supreme Court
for sentencing on the murder and conspiracy charges.
Mohan, 22, bystander, murdered in a mass slaying in Surrey
Gun-related crime is becoming the norm on weekend nights in
SURREY, B.C., Canada, Nov. 05, 2007
Chris Mohan, 22, was murdered in a mass slaying in Surrey on
Oct. 19, 2007. He was one of the innocent bystanders who was murdered
by simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time, in the "gang-style
Six people were found dead in
apartment 1505 at the Balmoral Towers at 9830 East Whalley Ring
Road. Some of the youth who were charged were addicted and still
got bail. Conditions for bail are: having a permanent address,
no record of failing to appear in court and no risk to commit
RCMP assistant commissioner Peter
German said two of the victims - Mohan and gas fireplace repairman
Edward J. Schellenberg, 55 were in the wrong place at the wrong
time. The family is now living in Unit 1504, just next door to
the scene of the killings.
Mohan was supposed to meet friends
in Burnaby to play basketball the night he was killed. Family
friends told media:
- Mohan moved to Canada from Fiji when he was 11
- Mohan's great passion was basketball.
- He wanted to be big, loved fast food and you never saw him
without a bag of McDonald
- He he was trying to get into shape over the past few months
and really into working out.
- He had done a few odd jobs since graduating from high school
and now work at a liquor store near his home.
- No one hated Mohan. He's never been involved in any kind of
trouble. He just kept to himself
Shirif Nand at news conferencsaid, "the loss of Chris Mohan
is a great tragedy and the family is still in a state of shock
Michael Keough, Surrey, BC, said, "I met Chris a couple
years ago. We played ball, poker, went to the bars and clubs,
and hung out at kurts a few times. Even though I only knew Mohan
for a couple years, I felt like we had a good friendship because
we had a lot of simularities. Everytime I saw Mohan, he'd say
Keough with that big smile of his, and shake my hand, which usually
turned into a hug because seeing him would always make you feel
good. Feel good and make you smile. I never heard him say anything
bad about anyone, no matter if there was gossip in the air or
not. He was...... Mohan was amazing. He's one of the only people
that when judged by God, he can look at his life and smile. He
always had good intentions, and never did any wrong, and inspired
many people to do the same.