03/08/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/08/2019 13:57
Today, in Provincial Court in St. John's, the jury for the trial against Allan Winfield Potter, member of the outlaw motorcycle gang the Vikings, returned a verdict of first degree murder in the 2014 death of Dale Porter, who died outside his home in North River from multiple stab wounds. Potter was charged in September 2016. The verdict followed a lengthy RCMP investigation by the Major Crime Unit and the Federal Serious and Organized Crime team, both based in St. John's. The investigation was also supported by the London Police Service, RCMP police officers across the country and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, Potter was sentenced to life in prison, without chance of parole for 25 years.
'The RCMP is obviously pleased with this verdict,' said RCMP Superintendent Holly Turton, Officer In Charge of Operational Support Services, including Major Crime. 'Our comprehensive investigation used varying means to gather the evidence needed to make the murder charge and has now resulted in the first degree murder conviction of the accused. We offer our continued condolences to the family of Mr. Porter and thank the jury for its service.'
Criminal activity associated with outlaw motorcycle gangs includes murder, violence, drug trafficking, fraud, counterfeiting, money laundering, human trafficking, contraband smuggling, prostitution, extortion and illegal gaming.
'Organized crime, which includes outlaw motorcycle gangs, is a threat to our province and our country that should not be underestimated,' said RCMP Staff Sergeant Steve Conohan. 'Outlaw motorcycle gangs are known for their intimidation of people in our communities and their association with criminal activities. While gang violence is often directed at other gangs, as we saw in this case a member of the public was targeted and killed. We see no specific reason for concern at this time for the general public but we encourage residents to be aware and informed of the threat that outlaw motorcycle gangs bring to our communities.'