A patched Tribal motorcycle gang member shot his steroid supplier in the face as a way to ingratiate himself to the Hells Angels after the dealer got on the bad side of the notorious outlaw biker gang, a judge ruled Friday.
Jason Neilson, 45, was found guilty of attempted murder and several firearms charges after Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Douglas Mah rejected his argument that it was self-defence when he shot Adam Abumeita on Aug. 19, 2016.
During the trial, Abumeita, 24, testified he and Neilson arranged to meet at Shenanigans Pub and Grill to do a deal for steroids and “Superman pills” — an illicit combination of Viagra and Cialis. But once in the busy parking lot, he said Neilson directed him to follow him, and they each drove to an alley behind the Clareview Bottle Depot. Abumeita said Neilson came over to his car, and opened the passenger-side door. Neilson was wearing blue rubber gloves as he put a handgun to Abumeita’s temple and fired, Abumeita said.
The bullet went into Abumeita’s jaw, shattering his teeth. He said Neilson tried to fire again, but the gun jammed. Abumeita managed to get out of the car and run to a nearby business where staff called for help. He nearly went into cardiac arrest and underwent surgery for his wounds, but survived.
He still experiences neck pain and has numbness in his tongue, he wrote in a victim impact statement.
Mah rejected Neilson’s evidence that it was Abumeita who redirected the meeting to the alley, and that Neilson only fired when Abumeita pulled out his own gun and tried to shoot him first.
Mah said he had to weigh the credibility of the two men, who had each aspired to join the Hells Angels at one time.
Abumeita became interested in the gang when he was 18, and socialized with members up until about three months before he was shot, when he lost interest, court heard.