Sunday, March 6, 2016

Hells Angels Rodney Sweeney Guilty of assaulting boy with leukemia

A prominent Hells Angels member accused of assaulting a 14-year-old leukemia survivor as he rode his bike down an East Kildonan lane way wasn't even in the city at the time of the attack, his wife testified Thursday. Williams said she and her two sons had returned home the previous evening after spending the weekend with Sweeney at their family cottage. Sweeney, she said, had remained at the cottage.

She acknowledged her husband's membership in the Hells Angels but claimed they had never discussed "safety issues," even after a nearby home had been firebombed. Earlier, court heard testimony from a friend of Sweeney's who also said he was at the lake at the time of the assault. The case is now adjourned. Closing arguments will be heard in June. Sweeney remains free on bail.

Dale Sweeney, Rod Sweeney, Jeff Peck, Danny Lawson, Ernie Dew, Bernie Dubois, Mark Bohoychuk, Jack Shore, Darren Hunter, Shane Kirton, Danny Rogoski and Ricardo Oliveira.
The assault trial for a long-time member of the Hells Angels began Tuesday morning in a Winnipeg courtroom. Rodney Sweeney has pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.

The charges stem from an incident on Aug. 5, 2013. A 14-year-old boy and a 27-year-old man were riding bicycles when the pair was approached by a suspect in a vehicle who attacked them with a weapon. The youth said the suspect hit him with a weapon and that he suffered two cracks in the bone of his arm. Court heard the boy's uncle identified Sweeney from a photo lineup. The trial is expected to last three days.

Rodney Sweeney
In 2014 Manitoba designated the Hells Angels a criminal organization.

The designation means prosecutors no longer have to prove the Hells Angels is a criminal organization in each case where gang-related charges are laid under provincial law.

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