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WELLAND, ON -- “It’s just Dean being a loser.”
The voice of Hells Angels member Brian Sauvé could clearly be heard uttering that in one of two phone calls played during the retrial of Const. Frank Dean Rudge, who is accused of leaking information to the Hells Angels biker gang.
The phone calls were intercepted by Niagara Regional Police during the investigation of Hells Angels club members in 2006.
NRP officer Jason Bassi testified Tuesday that the calls referenced Rudge’s alleged participation with the criminal group.
In one of the calls, between Sauvé and Hells Angels member Timothy Muise, Sauvé said he was alarmed to see a police cruiser in the parking lot of the Cedar Bay Inn. When he apparently realized it was Rudge in the cruiser, he expressed his relief, describing Rudge as “a loser.”
This piece of evidence describes a familiarity between Rudge and Hells Angels members, Crown attorney Robin Flumerfelt said.
Rudge’s defence attorney, Ron Brady, argued the intercepted phone calls didn’t provide solid evidence Rudge was involved with the biker gang, nor was he a party to the wire-tapped phone calls. Brady also said the evidence brought forward in the phone calls only mentioned the name Dean and didn’t specifically refer to Rudge.
NRP officer Daniel Marr testified Tuesday that a reliable confidential informant reported seeing Rudge visiting the residences of two known members of the Hells Angels on different occasions.