Bacon trial witness admits he disliked shooting victim

Replied AB: “I didn’t hate him. Our relationship had its ups and downs, for sure. But I still never wished any harm on him or anything.”

Jamie Bacon in an undated photo. PNG

A defence lawyer for Jamie Bacon suggested Wednesday that a key Crown witness had more conflict with their former associate Dennis Karbovanec than Bacon did at the time Karbovanec was targeted in a 2008 New Year’s Eve shooting.

In cross-examination, lawyer Kevin Drolet repeatedly asked the admitted drug dealer, who can only be identified as AB due to a court order, about his animosity toward Karbovanec.

“You didn’t like Mr. Karbovanec, did you?” Drolet asked AB.

Replied AB: “I didn’t hate him. Our relationship had its ups and downs, for sure. But I still never wished any harm on him or anything.”

AB testified earlier that he was part of a plot to kill Karbovanec on Dec. 31, 2008, but that it was Bacon who ordered the unsuccessful hit along a dead-end Mission street.

AB said Bacon wanted Karbovanec dead because he feared his close drug trafficking associate was talking to police and was unstable due to an Oxycontin addiction.

But Drolet suggested it was AB who had the biggest problem with Karbovanec, who suffered minor injuries in the shooting.

“You didn’t even want to talk to him because you knew that nothing good came from Dennis Karbovanec,” Drolet said.

AB agreed and also admitted their personalities clashed and they had their arguments over the years.

Drolet suggested AB knew Karbovanec extremely well, having grown up together and later worked in the drug trade together.

He said AB knew Karbovanec played hockey, “loved cats,” had lots of girlfriends, and was addicted to Oxycontin.

AB confirmed that Karbovanec and other Fraser Valley gangsters were getting their oxy supply from AB, both before and after the shooting.

“Ultimately, you were selling Oxycontin to pretty much every gangster in Mission and Abbotsford. Is that right?” Drolet asked.

“For a while, yep,” AB told jurors and B.C. Supreme Court Justice Catherine Wedge.

He also agreed that Karbovanec often got behind on his payments for the drugs he got from AB and that the witness tried to keep his distance from Karbovanec around the time of the shooting.

AB also testified earlier that he was willing to participate in the hit for Bacon out of loyalty, and because Bacon was his boss in the drug trade at the time.

But Drolet suggested AB had much more experience than Bacon and wouldn’t have been taking his orders from the younger and less-successful drug dealer.

“You certainly didn’t have to jump because Mr. Bacon told you to,” Drolet said.

AB disagreed and said he helped Bacon in 2008 “out of loyalty and being very close friends and because he was my boss. I would be inclined to listen to him.”

Drolet suggested AB was “more concerned about making money” than he was about helping Bacon.

Again AB disagreed as he tried to explain the close relationship he says he had with Bacon and other area drug traffickers at the time.

“Well, of course, in the drug business, the goal is to make money, but there was a sense of loyalty and a sense of friendship and a sense of camaraderie amongst the crew,” he said.

The trial, being held at the Vancouver Law Courts, continues.

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