In the hallway outside the courtroom where he was about to face a judge for sentencing for participating in the riot that gave Vancouver a black eye a year ago, Emmanuel Alviar said he didn’t think he was going to jail.
Minutes later, a Vancouver provincial court judge told Alviar, a slight man dressed in black, including suit and tie, he was sending him to jail for one month. It’s the second sentence handed out in the year since the riot.
“This is crazy,” Alviar said before being handcuffed with his hands behind his back and escorted into custody by a sheriff.
The young drywaller who was caught on video a dozen times spanning four hours on June 15, 2011, rocking vehicles and tossing a board through the window of the Telus building on Seymour Avenue, had in court last month expressed remorse for damaging property that night.
His lawyer, Gary Botting, had requested a year’s probation for his client but Crown had said “real jail time” of four months was necessary to denounce the crime and deter others. Harris agreed to the jail time “to send a message to others without a criminal record that they can’t engage in acts of civil disorder” without consequences.
Une personne ayant pris part à l’émeute de la coupe Stanley à Vancouver, sans dossier criminel, a été contre toute attente condamnée à un mois de prison ferme. Le juge a voulu envoyer un message clair à la société: ces actions ne seront pas tolérées. Espérons que les carrés rouges qui ont été épinglés par le SPVM vont connaître le même sort… mais on peut en douter…