Surrey rioter 'sorry' for adding to Cup chaos
Crown prosecutors want a young Surrey man sentenced to four months in prison for his role in last June's Stanley Cup riot in downtown Vancouver.
Emmanuel Alviar, 20, appeared in Vancouver Provincial Court Thursday after pleading guilty in March to charges of mischief and participating in a riot.
He told the court he's "sorry" for helping incite the crowd during the night of mayhem after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins.
"I want to apologize to the people of Vancouver for my part in the riot," Alviar said in court. "Instead of trying to keep the peace, I added to the chaos."
Damage to property on the night of the riot, which saw vehicles flipped and burned and window fronts smashed, is estimated at $3 million.
Alviar's image appeared on a website a month after the riot and he turned himself in to police soon after.
Video evidence released in court showed Alviar pushing against a car that other rioters later flipped and throwing a barricade at a store window.
His lawyer suggested police may not have identified or bothered to charge Alviar had he not stepped forward to take responsibility.
Defence asked for a one-year conditional sentence to be served in the community, noting Alviar is a first-time offender.
"The Crown and the court take into account the fact an individual's actions aren't necessarily isolated from the actions of the group as a whole," Crown counsel spokesman Neil MacKenzie told reporters outside court.
The only other rioter sentenced so far was Coquitlam resident Ryan Dickinson, who got 17 months in jail less three and a half months credit for time served.
Dickinson had a past record of assault and Alviar's lawyer argued his client's actions were minor in comparison.
The largest number of people charged to date in the 2011 Cup riot are from Surrey.
So far 225 riot-related charges have been laid against 85 accused rioters and more are still under consideration.