Harbouring Fugitives Fraught with Risk

Winnipeg Gang Tags (Photo JGJ)

Police generally don’t appreciate people who harbor fugitives who are wanted on Nationwide arrest warrants for First Degree Murder in gang-related killings.

The WPS recently delivered that message to Laura Asham (20) and Danielle Raven (20) who were charged with Accessory After the Fact to Murder for allegedly assisting Morgan Van Bone (19) in his efforts to elude Justice.

Van Bone was wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant for First Degree Murder regarding the execution-style murder of reputed Winnipeg gangster William Edward Moar (24) who was gunned down on February 15, 2013, at Johnny G’s Restaurant on Main Street.  Police collared Van Bone on May 8, 2013, in the 1800 block of Elgin Ave West.

(Akech Dut Ajak (22) and a fifteen (15) year old Young Offender also stand charged with First Degree Murder in the killing.)

A subsequent investigation by Police revealed Asham & Raven aided Bone by allowing him to hide out at a residence in the northwest area of the City.

Both women were detained at the Provincial Remand Center.


Accessory After the Fact charges are rarely laid but are certainly not unprecedented in Manitoba.

A person can be charged with Accessory After the Fact when they know a person has been a party to an offence and they receive, comfort or assist that person for the purpose of enabling that person to escape.

Everyone who is an accessory after the fact to murder is guilty of an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for life.

*To prove the offence, the crown should establish the following in addition to the essential elements of time, location and identity:

  1. the accused knew a crime had been committed
  2. the accused intended to aid the principal
  3. the accused did an act that enabled the principle to escape (arrest, trial, punishment)

*(Source: Canadian Criminal Law

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