Security was high outside the Nanaimo courthouse Friday, as two men charged with a drive by shooting that sparked a cross-island police chase appeared for a bail hearing.
They have been in custody since a brazen daytime drive by shooting spread fear through Nanaimo, and set off a Nanaimo to Duncan police chase that ended with officers guns drawn at this blocked Duncan intersection.
19-year-old Inderpal Singh Aujla of Mission and 18-year-old Armaan Singh Chandi of Surrey are facing charges of attempted murder for the shooting, and have hired high profile legal guns to defend them.
“I’m not surprised to see Matt Nathanson here or Mr. Dutt. Some very excellent lawyers come from Vancouver,” says Nanaimo Defense Lawyer Bert King.
But these lawyers are more than that. Chandi’s counsel Matthew Nathanson has represented notorious clients, linked to the United Nations gang, defending the men convicted of trying to kill the notorious Bacon Brothers on the Lower Mainland during a gangland fight for drug turf.
But Nanaimo Defense attorney Bert King says there’s a simple explanation for that.
“There’s a very small chunk of lawyers who do serious criminal law,” says King.
But we’re learning more about the suspects by their associates. Their supporters in court today hiding their faces from CHEK News cameras and the accused were ordered to have no contact with a third man, 22-year-old Michael Sorn, who is facing four charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking. His lawyer is Bert King.
“The court just decided out of an abundance of caution that various individuals who were and are in Nanaimo should not have contact with my client,” says King.
Lawyers for Aujla and Chandi delayed their bail hearing until more evidence is revealed in the crown’s case against the two. They’ll appear again in Nanaimo asking for bail on March 30th.