Eileen Mohan stands near a photograph of her and her son Christopher.

‘Why me? Why Christopher?’

Eileen Mohan continues to grieve, while courts impose further delays in the trial of the man facing charges related to her son's murder

 

Eileen Mohan agonizes over yet another delay in the trial of the man accused of killing her son.

Since her son’s murder in 2007, her life has been “turned inside out,” she says, and often wonders how she will continue.

She has just learned she will have to wait two more years before a man charged in connection with his murder will face trial, and that there’s a possibility he may go free because of the delays.

“I always look to the heavens and say `Why me? Why Christopher?” Mohan said Monday. “We were good people, and we were doing really good things in life… sometimes I don’t understand how fate has played its hand.

“I don’t know how I live, but I do.”

Jamie Bacon (shown left) is one of the people arrested and charged with murder in relation to the killing of six people in suite 1505 of the Balmoral Tower in North Surrey, including Christopher Mohan and Ed Schellenberg, two innocent bystanders.

Last week, the trial of  Jamie Bacon was postponed until March, 2018, making it nine years he will have been waiting for due process.

Justice Branch spokesman Dan McLaughlin confirmed Monday that the Bacon matter had been put off.

Part of that reason is that his defense is crafting an application for a stay of proceedings.

If successful, Bacon would be set free.

“It’s realistic that he might be granted a stay, and that’s something I don’t want to happen,” Mohan said.

McLaughlin told The Leader it’s a complicated case, and Crown is doing what it can to move things along.

“We’re always concerned that we proceed to trial in a timely fashion,” McLaughlin said Monday. “And we’re taking steps to ensure that occurs.”

The trial itself is expected to last for six to nine months.

To this point, four people have been convicted or have pleaded guilty, to a role in the murders of Corey Lal, his brother Michael, associates Ryan Bartolomeo and Eddie Narong, as well as Schellenberg and Mohan.

In December 2014, Cody Haevischer and Matthew Johnston were sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of six counts of first degree murder and one count of conspiracy.

They are appealing that conviction.

Michael Le pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and was sentenced to 12 years.

One person, who can only be identified as Person X by court order, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for three of the murders and was sentenced to life with no parole for 15 years.

 

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