A trial involving the Nanaimo Hells Angels is being heard again in B.C. Supreme Court.
Full-patch Hells Angels member Rajinder Singh Sandhu was in a Nanaimo courtroom on Tuesday, along with co-accused Jeffrey Andrew Benvin.
The two face charges that include extortion and theft over $5,000.
The matter was adjourned on Tuesday after Sandhu convinced the judge that he needed time to consider his options for legal representation.
Sandhu said the trial was originally expected to last eight weeks and that he made the decision to forgo an attorney due to financial constraints and the cost of previously keeping lawyers on retainer.
The accused argued that he would have hired a lawyer, had the current estimate of four weeks been available to him at an earlier time.
Justice Robert Johnston granted an adjournment until Wednesday morning. He allowed the Crown to call a Langley police officer as a witness.
Const. Ken Day of the Langley RCMP was briefly questioned about a July 19 gathering of the Hells Angels in Langley in honour of the club's 30th anniversary.
Day related how he and other officers were instructed to visit the hotel where the club's membership was expected to convene.
Their job was to gather any intelligence they could while in uniform and to be visible to the public.
Some of Day's photographs of the Hells Angels present in Langley that day were entered into the record.
A publication ban has been put in place to protect the identity of a witness in the court proceedings.
The charges stem from Oct. 27, 2010, when Sandhu and other men are alleged to have compelled the victim to pay back a $2,500 debt owed to a business associate since 1994.
That debt was allegedly inflated to a sum of $162,000. The victim, the Crown has argued, turned over a boat valued at over $100,000 - but continued to be pressed for payment.
Four men have stood accused of extortion in the case.
In addition to Sandhu, Nanaimo Hells Angels member Fred Widdifield was also named in the case, but charges against him were stayed in June due to a lengthy delay in the process.
The Criminal Justice Branch announced in July that it had filed an appeal of the stay of proceedings against Widdifield.
A spokesperson with the Crown could not be reached for comment on the status of that appeal.
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