Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Arguments Heard over Attack on Frail Boy by 48-Year-Old Member of Hells Angels

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Arguments Heard over Attack on Frail Boy by 48-Year-Old Member of Hells Angels

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Arguments heard over attack on boy by biker

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WINNIPEG - The Crown says a 48-year-old member of the Hells Angels should go to jail for four years for a vicious, unprovoked attack on a 14-year-old boy who had survived leukemia.

Rod Sweeney was found guilty in 2016 of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon for attacking the teen and his uncle with a metal bar.

Court was told the pair had been in an alley behind Sweeney's home where the uncle was teaching the frail-looking boy how to ride a bicycle.

The attack left the boy with his arm broken in two places.

The defence is asking for an 18-month sentence and up to three years of probation.

Sweeney's lawyer pointed to numerous character references that described him as a hard-working, blue-collar family man, a partner to his wife of more than 20 years and a father to three adult children. …

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