One of my super nice Canookian friends who is in the know in Vancouver just gave me some really great tea about the husband of Reiko MacKenzie on Real Housewives of Vancouver that is the buzz of the watercooler this morning. It seems her husband Sunny used to use the name Sunny Lal when he was a GANG MEMBER in Vancouver! Click on through for all the tea on the salacious MURDER trial that was the talk of Vancouver! Who knew they had mobsters in Canada? You are going to need to fill your glasses up before you sit with this one. But it’s SO GOOD!
Reiko’s husband is Sunny MacKenzie, aka Sun MacKenzie, aka Sun News MacKenzie aka Sun News Lal. He was Sun News Lal before he changed his name to Sunny Mackenzie after the trial. Always keep your eye on the cast member with the name change if you want the dirt, I say!
In 1994 there was a mob style murder of Jim and Ron Dosanjh as part of some sort of mobster turf war. The crime boss of Sunny’s mob was Bindy Johal. Sunny and Bindy along with Peter Gill and three other mobster types were put on trial for double murder. Bindy was an Indo-Canadian who was born in India. When he moved to Vancouver he established a new branch of the Indo-Canadian Mafia. I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP! Bindy (isn’t that the name of the dead crocodile hunter’s kid?) and his mob spent their time honing their skills in such things as slinging drugs, a stolen car chop shop, fraud, contract murder, money laundering, extortion and racketeering. Their skills became so good that they made millions of dollars. I wonder if they squandered it all on Birkin bags?
So it seems that the original gangstas of the Indo-Canadian mobsters (this just makes me giggle. Canadian mobsters?) were Jimmy and Ron Dosanjh. It is alleged that Peter Gill (who I think was Bindy’s brother-in-law) gave the order for Jimmy to be offed in February of 1994 and then Ron in April of the same year for good measure. So that is how Sunny, Bindy, Peter Gill and the other thugs got accused of double murder. The trial started in February of 1995 and last eight months making it one of the longest, most expensive and complex trials in British Colombian history.
Why do I keep mentioning Peter Gill? Well, Peter was pinned for giving the mob the hit order on the two dead guys. Apparently Peter is also quite the looker because DURING THE TRIAL Juror One, aka Gillian Guess got the hots for Peter. She would stare at him through the whole trial with that thirsty look. You know what I mean. Peter got the message . One day, since THE JURY WAS NOT SEQUESTERED, Peter sees Gillian at McDonalds and tells her he is a really swell guy and that he didn’t do anything. She was like, “okay let’s have sex and even makeout in public where people can see us.” So they screwed through the whole trial!!! Of course Gillian put the smack down on the jurors, and being the nice Canookians that they were they acquitted everyone even though Peter wanted them to convict two of his partners. So Real Husband Sunny Mackenzie got off on the murder thing but was convicted of having an illegal gun. Meanwhile Peter and Gillian kept up their relationship right out in public. Until one night a cop saw the two dirty dancing in some nightclub. They eventually threw Gillian in the hoosegow for 18 months. She told BC Report Magazine after her 1998 conviction, “After eight months even the trial judge started looking good. It didn’t matter if I had sex with all the accused and everyone in the public gallery.”
Gillian loved the media attention and continued to claim she did nothing wrong. The obvious movie was made in 2004.
So Sunny got off on a gun possession, changed his named and married Reiko and they lived happily ever after. Well except that in 1998, the same year his appeal was denied, his half-brother was killed by a gunshot to the head and his parents barely survived after his father was shot in the chest and the mother was shot in the leg. Oh and during that same year, Bindy got whacked in a nightclub in Vancouver. So, yeah, that wasn’t a very good year. But now he is married to a housewife and has two kids and collects fancy cars including a 2007 Bentley Continental Flying Spur, Ferrari F430 Spider, Lamborghini Murcielago and 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia. It’s like Hermes bags for men I guess. Same concept. Frontin’.