Alleged Komagata Maru memorial desecrator issues an apology
A man who was photographed peeing on a memorial to victims of the Komagata Maru incident will not be charged say Vancouver police. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
The man who allegedly urinated on the Komagata Maru memorial in December has apologized through a short, written statement read out by Vancouver’s police chief.
“I’m sorry for what I did that day at the monument. I didn’t want to hurt anyone,” Chief. Const. Jim Chu read.
He said the unidentified man, whose photograph appeared in print media and online, suffered from drug addiction. He has severe mental illness and wasn’t ticketed for the alleged offence.
Chu said a bylaw ticket would’ve been the most serious legal recourse.
He said it was Khalsa Diwan Society president Sohan Deol that convinced a witness to step forward in the case.
The suspect was located at a Downtown Eastside single-occupancy hotel by police, who said he was likely unaware of the significance of the monument.