Cup rioter facing more than a year in jail
|Police and fire crews watch as two cars burn after a riot broke in Vancouver following Game 7 of the Stanley Cup on June 15, 2011. (Carmine Marinelli/QMI Agency/Files)
VANCOUVER - The first Vancouver Stanley Cup rioter to be sentenced is facing the possibility of more than a year in jail and another two years of probation if Crown prosecutors have their way.
Ryan Dickinson slumped forward in his seat in a red prison uniform while the Crown prosecutor described the downtown mayhem that took place June 15.
"Ryan Dickinson participated in the riot," said Crown lawyer Patti Tomasson, her words cutting through the packed but silent courtroom as the dark-haired man sat awaiting his sentence.
A judge heard Tuesday morning in Vancouver Provincial Court how Dickinson had been in a crowd that laid siege to two unmarked police cars the night of the riot.
Video footage played to the courtroom showed the Coquitlam. B.C., resident, who was 20 at the time of the riot, picking up a newspaper box and tossing it into the windshield of a black car.
The same car was also shown being attacked by rioters from five different angles caught on film by bystanders.
Another video showed Dickinson tossing a mannequin leg into the smashed display of a tuxedo shop.
The court also heard how Dickinson had chatted on Facebook the morning after, sharing his exploits with a friend. The chat transcript read in court revealed that when asked which television networks his image may have appeared on, Dickinson had responded with, "Can't remember ... hahaha."
The prosecutor argued that, while two counts of mischief over $5,000 were dropped in exchange for Dickinson's guilty plea, the court should take into account the context of the riot, noting individual actions such as Dickinson's helped influence the larger, more horrifying outcome of the riot. Tomasson argued the sentence should reflect that severity and asked 15 to 18 months jail time for Dickinson, along with an additional one to three months for breaching court orders the night of the riot. Additionally, Crown is pushing for two more years of probation.
Court continued Tuesday.
Dickinson has been in custody since early December and pleaded guilty last month to the charge of participating in a riot and breach of recognizance.
On Monday, a judge dismissed a broadcast application to televise Dickinson's sentencing, citing concerns over future manipulation of footage and possible privacy issues for prosecutors.