Two members of the Rutland 7 plead guilty to Manslaughter

Norman Robert Cocks, left, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the beating death of Dain Phillips in Kelowna, June 2011. His father, Robert Charles Cocks, right, has pleaded not guilty and will go to trial for his alleged involvement in Phillips death.
Image Credit: Global Okanagan (with permission)

KELOWNA - Two of the men accused of killing a Kelowna resident in June 2011 pleaded guilty to manslaughter in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver Thursday.

Robert Leonard Thomas, 48, and Norman Robert Cocks, 33, are both full patch Hells Angels accused of killing 51-year-old Dain Philips when he got involved in a dispute between his two adult sons and two of their acquaintances they knew from Rutland Senior Secondary.

Global News reports that Philips was beaten to death by baseball bats and hammers. A trial is set to commence Monday, where details of the involvement of both men will be discussed.

They are the first full patch members of the Hells Angels to be convicted of manslaughter in B.C.

The two remain in custody where they have been since being charged in 2011.

A trial will begin Monday and is expected to last three months.

Also charged in the killing are Matthew Thomas McRae, Daniel Joseph McRae, Robert Charles Cocks and Anson Lloyd Schell. All have been out on bail since being charged.

The maximum sentence for Manslaughter is life in prison.

Robert Leonard Thomas, a full patch member of the Kelowna Hells Angels, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Dain Phillips.
Robert Leonard Thomas, a full patch member of the Kelowna Hells Angels, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Dain Phillips.
Image Credit: Global Okanagan (with permission)

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca, call (250) 718-0428 or tweet @AdamProskiw.


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