A convicted killer awaiting a new trial in the Hamilton murder of a former Hells Angels member will have to cool his heels in jail.
Superior Court Justice Toni Skarica torpedoed Mato Josipovic’s bid for bail in a May 5 decision, the Hamilton Spectator reports.
Bail hearings have been ramped up across the province in recent weeks because of jailhouse COVID-19 worries.
In 2015, the 54-year-old Josipovic and his brother, John, were convicted of second-degree murder for the killing of Lou Malone in 2013.
At their trial, court heard they had been childhood friends with Malone, 49, in the city’s east end.
After he was booted from the Angels, Malone allegedly formed a new gang called “Ruthless.” The burly ex-biker had a fearsome reputation and court heard that his alleged victims were reluctant to turn to the cops.
A dispute between Malone and the Josipovics was reportedly triggered when John loaned an acquaintance — a Malone associate — money.
In a meeting with Malone, John Josipovic agreed to forgive the debt, court was told. Malone allegedly demanded $9,200 in “tax” and assaulted and threatened his boyhood friend —and his family.
Court heard that Malone then called Mato Josipovic —who was unaware of the alleged shakedown on his brother —and they agreed to meet. Malone then reportedly imposed a “tax” on Mato and put a gun to his chest.
He called his brother for help and the pair went hunting for Malone who they found walking his dogs.
Malone was chased down by the brothers in their truck and when they caught up to him, he was shot point-blank in the head with a shotgun.
A publication ban bars the public from knowing judge’s reasons for denying Mato Josipovic bail.
Last July, the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned the murder convictions and ordered a new trial after finding errors in the judge’s instructions to the jury.
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