CLAIRMONT: The perks of being Dellen Millard’s pal

News Apr 14, 2016 by Susan Clairmont The Hamilton Spectator

They basked in Dell's riches.

Dellen Millard's loyal entourage did his bidding and surrounded him with admiration in exchange for a lavish lifestyle they couldn't afford themselves.

Drug-fuelled pool parties. Free restaurant meals. All-expenses-paid trips to Mexico and Miami. A two-week cruise in the British Virgin Islands on a chartered boat. Access to vintage cars. Helicopter rides. Free rent.

These were the "perks" of being Dell's friend, according to Andrew Michalski, 26, who spent his second day on the witness stand Wednesday at Millard's first-degree murder trial.

In return, when Millard needed an accomplice for a criminal "mission," he could count on Michalski to help — whether it was stealing plants from a nursery, acting as a lookout while Millard and Smich boosted a Bobcat or getting rid of weed from Millard's house when police were on their way.

Millard, 30, and another pal Mark Smich, 28, are on trial for the murder of Ancaster family man Tim Bosma, 32. On May 6, 2013 Tim took two men for a test drive of the diesel pickup truck he was selling. The Crown's theory is Tim was shot in his truck, his body cremated in a livestock incinerator called The Eliminator.

Millard was arrested May 10, 2013. And court heard for the first time Wednesday that Michalski, who was his housemate at the time, was arrested three days later. However a charge was never laid. Instead, Smich was arrested and charged as Millard's co-accused.

A key Crown witness, Michalski — a former Junior A hockey goalie — painted a vivid picture of Millard's wealthy ways as the heir of the family aviation dynasty.

They became friends when Michalski was 18 and Millard was 21. Michalski was "impressed" by this older, wealthier guy.

They met through mutual friend Matt Hagerman and discovered their shared love of gaming. Court heard they regularly spent four or five hours at a stretch together playing the popular video game "Halo," which Michalski describes as "a first-person shooter" game. Smich played, too.

Michalski's gamer name was "Stealth Missions."

When they weren't in the basement playing "Halo," they liked to go to Wingporium in Toronto for spicy "black mamba" chicken wings and beer. Millard always picked up the tab.

In 2010, Millard paid for Michalski and another friend, Shane Schlatman, to go to Baja, Mexico, with him to race his yellow Jeep in the desert. Millard spent $80,000 to modify his ride and bought a 10,000-watt generator. But he only got 24 kilometres into the 800-km race before breaking down.

In the massive Millardair hangar at the Waterloo Region airport, Michalski saw a plethora of vehicles, including a maroon Cadillac and a green Jeep. Millard let him borrow his cars.

About five weeks before Tim disappeared, Michalski moved out of his parents' home and in with Millard. He took a bedroom on the main floor of the Etobicoke house and paid no rent. He sometimes cooked for Millard.

Immediately he and Millard began planning a barbecue at the house, to which they planned to invite 10 "classy" girls — though they weren't sure they knew that many — and five guys. Text messages show the only food they talked about serving was bacon.

Millard threw house parties — usually around his pool — about once a week, his guests considerably younger than he was, Michalski testified. And Millard typically pulled out his yellow toolbox of drugs to share around.

There were flights in Millard's helicopter and extravagant trips to Baja, and another attempt to get to Mexico that wound up in Miami instead. There was a luxurious yacht in the Virgin Islands, deemed a "couples' vacation" by Michalski.

Being Millard's friend paid off well. Until the accused killer's picture was all over the news and homicide detectives rounded up his crew one by one.

Susan Clairmont’s commentary appears regularly in The Spectator. sclairmont@thespec.com

905-526-3539 | @susanclairmont

CLAIRMONT: The perks of being Dellen Millard’s pal

News Apr 14, 2016 by Susan Clairmont The Hamilton Spectator

They basked in Dell's riches.

Dellen Millard's loyal entourage did his bidding and surrounded him with admiration in exchange for a lavish lifestyle they couldn't afford themselves.

Drug-fuelled pool parties. Free restaurant meals. All-expenses-paid trips to Mexico and Miami. A two-week cruise in the British Virgin Islands on a chartered boat. Access to vintage cars. Helicopter rides. Free rent.

These were the "perks" of being Dell's friend, according to Andrew Michalski, 26, who spent his second day on the witness stand Wednesday at Millard's first-degree murder trial.

In return, when Millard needed an accomplice for a criminal "mission," he could count on Michalski to help — whether it was stealing plants from a nursery, acting as a lookout while Millard and Smich boosted a Bobcat or getting rid of weed from Millard's house when police were on their way.

Millard, 30, and another pal Mark Smich, 28, are on trial for the murder of Ancaster family man Tim Bosma, 32. On May 6, 2013 Tim took two men for a test drive of the diesel pickup truck he was selling. The Crown's theory is Tim was shot in his truck, his body cremated in a livestock incinerator called The Eliminator.

Millard was arrested May 10, 2013. And court heard for the first time Wednesday that Michalski, who was his housemate at the time, was arrested three days later. However a charge was never laid. Instead, Smich was arrested and charged as Millard's co-accused.

A key Crown witness, Michalski — a former Junior A hockey goalie — painted a vivid picture of Millard's wealthy ways as the heir of the family aviation dynasty.

They became friends when Michalski was 18 and Millard was 21. Michalski was "impressed" by this older, wealthier guy.

They met through mutual friend Matt Hagerman and discovered their shared love of gaming. Court heard they regularly spent four or five hours at a stretch together playing the popular video game "Halo," which Michalski describes as "a first-person shooter" game. Smich played, too.

Michalski's gamer name was "Stealth Missions."

When they weren't in the basement playing "Halo," they liked to go to Wingporium in Toronto for spicy "black mamba" chicken wings and beer. Millard always picked up the tab.

In 2010, Millard paid for Michalski and another friend, Shane Schlatman, to go to Baja, Mexico, with him to race his yellow Jeep in the desert. Millard spent $80,000 to modify his ride and bought a 10,000-watt generator. But he only got 24 kilometres into the 800-km race before breaking down.

In the massive Millardair hangar at the Waterloo Region airport, Michalski saw a plethora of vehicles, including a maroon Cadillac and a green Jeep. Millard let him borrow his cars.

About five weeks before Tim disappeared, Michalski moved out of his parents' home and in with Millard. He took a bedroom on the main floor of the Etobicoke house and paid no rent. He sometimes cooked for Millard.

Immediately he and Millard began planning a barbecue at the house, to which they planned to invite 10 "classy" girls — though they weren't sure they knew that many — and five guys. Text messages show the only food they talked about serving was bacon.

Millard threw house parties — usually around his pool — about once a week, his guests considerably younger than he was, Michalski testified. And Millard typically pulled out his yellow toolbox of drugs to share around.

There were flights in Millard's helicopter and extravagant trips to Baja, and another attempt to get to Mexico that wound up in Miami instead. There was a luxurious yacht in the Virgin Islands, deemed a "couples' vacation" by Michalski.

Being Millard's friend paid off well. Until the accused killer's picture was all over the news and homicide detectives rounded up his crew one by one.

Susan Clairmont’s commentary appears regularly in The Spectator. sclairmont@thespec.com

905-526-3539 | @susanclairmont

CLAIRMONT: The perks of being Dellen Millard’s pal

News Apr 14, 2016 by Susan Clairmont The Hamilton Spectator

They basked in Dell's riches.

Dellen Millard's loyal entourage did his bidding and surrounded him with admiration in exchange for a lavish lifestyle they couldn't afford themselves.

Drug-fuelled pool parties. Free restaurant meals. All-expenses-paid trips to Mexico and Miami. A two-week cruise in the British Virgin Islands on a chartered boat. Access to vintage cars. Helicopter rides. Free rent.

These were the "perks" of being Dell's friend, according to Andrew Michalski, 26, who spent his second day on the witness stand Wednesday at Millard's first-degree murder trial.

In return, when Millard needed an accomplice for a criminal "mission," he could count on Michalski to help — whether it was stealing plants from a nursery, acting as a lookout while Millard and Smich boosted a Bobcat or getting rid of weed from Millard's house when police were on their way.

Millard, 30, and another pal Mark Smich, 28, are on trial for the murder of Ancaster family man Tim Bosma, 32. On May 6, 2013 Tim took two men for a test drive of the diesel pickup truck he was selling. The Crown's theory is Tim was shot in his truck, his body cremated in a livestock incinerator called The Eliminator.

Millard was arrested May 10, 2013. And court heard for the first time Wednesday that Michalski, who was his housemate at the time, was arrested three days later. However a charge was never laid. Instead, Smich was arrested and charged as Millard's co-accused.

A key Crown witness, Michalski — a former Junior A hockey goalie — painted a vivid picture of Millard's wealthy ways as the heir of the family aviation dynasty.

They became friends when Michalski was 18 and Millard was 21. Michalski was "impressed" by this older, wealthier guy.

They met through mutual friend Matt Hagerman and discovered their shared love of gaming. Court heard they regularly spent four or five hours at a stretch together playing the popular video game "Halo," which Michalski describes as "a first-person shooter" game. Smich played, too.

Michalski's gamer name was "Stealth Missions."

When they weren't in the basement playing "Halo," they liked to go to Wingporium in Toronto for spicy "black mamba" chicken wings and beer. Millard always picked up the tab.

In 2010, Millard paid for Michalski and another friend, Shane Schlatman, to go to Baja, Mexico, with him to race his yellow Jeep in the desert. Millard spent $80,000 to modify his ride and bought a 10,000-watt generator. But he only got 24 kilometres into the 800-km race before breaking down.

In the massive Millardair hangar at the Waterloo Region airport, Michalski saw a plethora of vehicles, including a maroon Cadillac and a green Jeep. Millard let him borrow his cars.

About five weeks before Tim disappeared, Michalski moved out of his parents' home and in with Millard. He took a bedroom on the main floor of the Etobicoke house and paid no rent. He sometimes cooked for Millard.

Immediately he and Millard began planning a barbecue at the house, to which they planned to invite 10 "classy" girls — though they weren't sure they knew that many — and five guys. Text messages show the only food they talked about serving was bacon.

Millard threw house parties — usually around his pool — about once a week, his guests considerably younger than he was, Michalski testified. And Millard typically pulled out his yellow toolbox of drugs to share around.

There were flights in Millard's helicopter and extravagant trips to Baja, and another attempt to get to Mexico that wound up in Miami instead. There was a luxurious yacht in the Virgin Islands, deemed a "couples' vacation" by Michalski.

Being Millard's friend paid off well. Until the accused killer's picture was all over the news and homicide detectives rounded up his crew one by one.

Susan Clairmont’s commentary appears regularly in The Spectator. sclairmont@thespec.com

905-526-3539 | @susanclairmont