British Columbia

Judge orders 9 Stanley cup rioters pay for car damage

Nine men who took part in the 2011 Stanley Cup Riots in Vancouver have been ordered to pay for vehicles they damaged in the melee.

'There comes a point when enough is enough,' said judge who did not award ICBC punitive damages

The Getty Images photo that went around the world, featuring Scott Jones trying to comfort his girlfriend Alex Thomas. (Rich Lam/Getty images)

Nine men who took part in the 2011 Stanley Cup Riots in Vancouver have been ordered to pay for vehicles they damaged in the melee.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Elliott Myers said in a decision released yesterday that each of the nine rioters caused damage to at least one vehicle covered by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC).

He ordered each man to pay the agency for the damage, but denied ICBC's request to impose punitive damages, noting that the defendants had all been criminally convicted and their sentences were punishment enough.

The five-hour riot erupted on June 11, 2011, moments before the Vancouver Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final to the Boston Bruins.

By some estimates, the Stanley Cup riot has cost more to investigate than it cost to repair the damage from the mayhem. (CBC)

ICBC sued 82 people for damages. Most settled outside of court or received default judgements, but ten young men took their cases to trial. Of those, nine ended up liable for damages to at least one vehicle.

Myers said in his written decision that he did not "minimize the gravity" of the riot, noting that it threw a major city into complete disarray.

But the men, who were all between the ages of 16 and 38 at the time of their crimes, have already received sentences that took deterrence for others into account, Myers said.

A car burns behind a police officer during the Vancouver riot after Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

"There comes a point when enough is enough," he said.

The B.C. Criminal Justice Branch laid 912 charges against 300 suspects in the wake of the riot, including 246 adults and 54 youths.

The Criminal Justice Branch had to create a riot-prosecution team for all of the cases, and their total expenditures were $4,976,765.

A report released by the B.C. government in January 2016 reported that 122 vehicles were damaged or destroyed in the ruckus.

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