Saskatchewan

Men accused in 2004 Saskatoon killing appear in court

Two Calgary men who are charged in the 2004 death of a Saskatchewan man appeared in court on Monday, as new details emerge in the case.

Two Calgary men who are charged in the 2004 death of a Saskatchewan man appeared in court on Monday, as new details emerge in the case.

Neil Yakimchuk and Kennith Tingle appeared in court on Monday, after they were charged last week with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Isho Hana, 34.

Hana was chased down and shot in the middle of Preston Avenue one night in April 2004, in what police at the time described as a contract killing.

At the time of his death, Hana was out on bail, waiting to stand trial for selling cocaine, ecstasy and steroids, CBC News has learned.

Police allege that Tingle and Yakimchuk, both of whom are from Saskatchewan, were living in Calgary when they were ordered to come back and kill Hana.

At Hana's funeral, local members of the Hells Angels came wearing their full colours to pay their respects.

Sources told CBC News that Hana was caught up in a drug turf war that featured the Hells Angels, the Terror Squad, and an Asian gang from Calgary that was trying to establish a presence in Saskatoon.

Yakimchuk and Tingle were hired by the Asian gang to kill Hana, according to the sources.

The accused pair remain in custody. They will appear in court in Saskatoon on Dec. 20.