A surprise plea in BC Supreme Court by the man accused of gunning down a Yaletown bike shop owner two years ago.
The 62-year-old has pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted murder, one count of intentionally discharging a firearm and one count of possession of a loaded gun.
The Crown is asking for a minimum 18-year sentence minus time served.
Battersby’s former boss Paul Dragan was shot in broad daylight in June 2014.
Dragan, who owns Reckless Bikes in Yaletown, recovered despite initially being in critical condition. He has told the court that the deliberate ambush left his body and family shattered; he still suffers from chronic pain and will be forever scarred physically and emotionally, along with his wife and teenage son.
Court has heard the once-good relationship between Battersby and Dragan went downhill when a rental agreement between the two went sideways.
The shooting set off a police chase along the False Creek seawall towards Science World and shut down that part of the city for hours.
Video of the lead-up to the shooting is now being played in court.