VANCOUVER — A one-month jail sentence has been handed a 20-year-old Surrey, B.C., man for his role in the Stanley Cup riot a year ago.
Emmanuel Alviar was also given 16 months probation and ordered to perform 160 hours of community service after pleading guilty in March to participating in a riot.
In addition, he must send apology letters to Vancouver’s mayor and police chief.
Alviar kicked garbage at a burning vehicle, helping rock another car and used a stick to smash windows in the Telus building during the violence last June 15 after the Boston Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.
The Crown was asking for four months in jail, while Alviar’s lawyer was hoping for a conditional sentence, which would mean no jail time.
But in handing down the sentence, Provincial Court Judge Rich Harris said general deterrence is needed in a case like this, considering Vancouver has suffered two Stanley Cup riots.
Alviar’s lawyer Gary Botting defended the request for the conditional sentence, noting his client had no prior criminal record.
“Basically that would give him the chance to make recompense in the community, whereas in jail, (that’s) not going to happen, ”Botting said. “Too often we put people in jail, because that’s the first response.”