Kelowna: Woman caught in gangster shooting at The Delta Grand sues

Leah Hadden-Watts was paralyzed when notorious gangster Jonathan Bacon was shot and killed at the Grand Hotel on Okanagan Lake

The three men accused of gunning down Red Scorpions gangster Jonathan Bacon and attempting to kill four others outside the Delta Grand hotel two years ago are facing more legal troubles.

One of the women injured in the shooting, Leah Hadden-Watts, has now filed a civil suit against the trio facing criminal charges in relation to the brazen daytime shooting, as well as the companies that operate the Delta Grand hotel and the nearby casino.

In a notice of claim filed on the second anniversary of the shooting, her lawyer writes that Hadden-Watts’ spinal column was severed by a bullet on Aug. 14, 2011 and that she has paralysis in both her legs, most of her upper torso and partial paralysis of both arms and hands.

Hadden-Watts, now 23, and Bacon, 30, were in a vehicle with another woman and two men–one a Hells Angel and another an Independent Solider–when they were shot as they left the downtown hotel.

“As a result of the injuries caused by the bullet the plaintiff (Hadden-Watts) is unable to obtain and maintain gainful employment and will require special medical care for the remainder of her life,” writes lawyer Angela Rinaldis.

Hadden-Watts is seeking damages for pain and suffering, recovery of previous and anticipated costs and expenses related to the injury, as well as compensation for loss of income earning capacity.

Named in the claim are British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, which runs the Delta Grand, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited, which operates the casino, and the three men charged with attempting to kill Hadden-Watts: Jujhar Singh Khun-Khun, Michael Kerry Jones and Jason Thomas McBride.

None of the criminal charges have been proven in court. Statements of defence in the civil case have not yet been filed.

Cheryl Wierda, contributor


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