Judge reserves decision in Hells Angel Jesse Bitz death threats case
Decision will be made October 31
Two completely different pictures of Jesse Bitz emerged at his trial in Court of Queen's Bench this week.
Bitz, a former Hells Angel, is accused of threatening to kill his former boss, Leonard Banga of Xtreme Mining and Demolition. Bitz worked for the company until the pair had a falling out last year.
It's the nature of the falling out that became the focus of the trial.
Bitz's lawyer, Morris Bodnar, said that Banga fabricated the death threats because he was angry with Bitz walking away from a six-figure job at his company.
He conceded that Bitz was upset with Banga, but he said that the anger came from his former boss scuttling his chances of getting a high-paying job at Agrium.
"But he does not threaten to kill."
He said that Banga has nothing to corroborate his claims of the death threats, "he just wants us to take his word for it."
She said that Banga had no incentive to fabricate such serious claims.
Claxton-Viczko said that Bitz would have the judge believe that he was such an essential employee that Banga would be compelled to makeup allegations of death threats.
"You're going to allege this against a member of the Hells Angels," she asked.
Gabrielson reserved his decision until October 31.