A quarter of rioters violating judges’ orders: VPD 0
Richmond’s Camille Cacnio leaves Vancouver Provincial Court in April 2012 after pleading guilty to taking part in the Stanley Cup riot. The 24-year-old is back in court Friday after breaching her probation order. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS FILE)
As many as 25% of those charged in the Stanley Cup riot appear to be breaching judges’ orders, according to the Vancouver Police Department.
Investigators, who are monitoring 42 accused or convicted rioters, have been able to get charges approved against 11 individuals for allegedly breaching conditional sentences, probation or recognizance orders since last September. The Crown has charged 194 people for riot-related crimes, while 56 have been convicted.
Camille Cacnio was the first rioter to receive a suspended sentence, avoiding both jail time and house arrest after stealing ill-fitting pants from a tuxedo shop following the Canucks’ defeat in the 2011 Stanley Cup final.
As first reported by 24 hours, Vancouver police arrested Cacnio in January after she allegedly breached her curfew on a Saturday evening.
She pleaded not guilty to violating the judge’s orders and goes to trial Friday. Her lawyer Jason Tarnow said there is language in her probation order that allows the 24-year-old to be out past curfew.
Spencer Kirkwood, the first accused rioter to go to trial after pleading not guilty, was charged with violating his recognizance order last May.
Vancouver police had pulled over the 26-year-old for driving under the influence of alcohol in Gastown.
Detective Const. Raj Mander of the Integrated Riot Investigation Team said it’s frustrating to see so many rioters allegedly breaching orders.
“We want to try and hold these people accountable. At the same time, we want to make sure the parents and their families are holding them accountable,” he said, noting many parents of youths who have allegedly breached their conditions have been making excuses for their kids.
Mander also recalled one incident where a rioter removed magnets from the door frames of a family home to disable the alarm and prevent his parents from knowing when he was coming and going — a violation of the judge’s orders.
Police arrived at the home of another rioter only to discover he was not there when he should have been. Officers then called the individual, who claimed his bus had taken a wrong turn.