FOB gangster facing murder plot charge granted bail
A veteran Calgary gang member charged with conspiracy to murder a rival gangster has been granted bail. Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Karen Horner on Friday ordered the released of H.N. on $10,000 cash and $50,000 surety. The decision came after hearing lengthy arguments over two days by defence lawyer Andrea Urquhart and Crown prosecutor Janice Rea.
H.N. was arrested and charged with other FOB members in May with hatching a plot to kill FK member Vinh Tung Truong.
Truong, 30, named as the target of the alleged murder conspiracy foiled by police, is serving a six-year term for shooting at FOB rivals as revenge for the murder of FK member Mark Kim on Dec. 31, 2007.
Police have had much success in curbing the violence between FOB and FK in recent years, but the stabbing of Nicholas Chan last spring shows the animosity responsible for some 25 homicides in the past decade is not over.
Truong and another gunman had fired several shots at Matthew Chubak and Tyler MacDonald as they sat in a Jeep Cherokee. The victims suffered only minor injuries from flying glass, but Chubak would later be killed in a drive-by shooting in 2009.
Before a judge sentenced Truong last December, his lawyer told court his client had turned his back on the gang, but that mattered little to rival gang members.
In September, three months before Truong went to prison, police received information about a threat against Truong.
Police told Truong about the threat and offered him protection, but they said he refused any assistance. Going to prison took Truong out of imminent danger, though police continued their investigation. Police also arrested two other men with documented ties to FOB with the conspiracy charge: Bryan James Balla and Truong Minh Nguyen.
One of the men accused in the conspiracy served a lengthy prison sentence for a shootout outside a northeast Calgary shopping centre in 2006. Truong Nguyen, 29, fired several shots at FK members- a crime that earned him a six-year sentence.
H.N. previously served a federal prison sentence for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. In addition to the conspiracy charge laid by police this week, H.N. has been charged with drug and weapons offences.
At the time of his arrest, Balla, 26, was facing an number of drug and weapons charges from 2011. H.N. will be back in court next month for his preliminary hearing. As part of his release, he must not possess any weapons or drugs and have no contact with 15 named people.
Daryl Slade, The Calgary Herald
4 October 2013