STANLEY CUP RIOT
Blogging rioter guilty of violating probation
Stanley Cup rioter Camille Cacnio, who avoided jail time for her part in the June 2011 mayhem, is due back in court next week after allegedly breaching her probation on Saturday.
Driving from Vancouver to Burnaby past a court-imposed curfew to fetch anti-anxiety pills doesn’t amount to a “reasonable” medical emergency, according to a judge who found a Stanley Cup rioter guilty Wednesday of violating her probation.
Camille Cacnio was sentenced to one day in jail — minus time served — following a January incident in which Vancouver police pulled her over at a road check after her 10 p.m. curfew.
The Richmond resident walked out of B.C. Provincial Court a free woman since she already spent one night in custody after that incident.
“That is more than adequate punishment for her lack of judgment,” Judge Maria Giardini told the court.
The judge didn’t buy Cacnio’s explanation she was having an anxiety attack earlier in the evening and needed to retrieve medications from her cousin’s Burnaby apartment.
The University of B.C. graduate was the first and — until last week — only rioter to receive a suspended sentence for her role in the June 2011 mayhem.
Instead of being confined to jail or her home, the 24-year-old was ordered last September to abide by probation conditions that included a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.
Cacnio was caught on camera stealing oversized pants from a tuxedo shop during the riot and later posted a blog briefly apologizing for her actions before complaining about the public backlash she received.
Defence lawyer Jason Tarnow said his client, who is on income assistance, is having difficulty finding a job because of all the exposure she’s received.
“What happens when you Google her name? You get pages upon pages of unflattering information all for 20 seconds of foolishness on the night of the riot.”