VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The Crown is appealing the sentences given to two Stanley Cup rioters, saying the penalties should be tougher.
The cases involve Alexander Peepre and Lincoln Kennedy-Williams, who both pleaded guilty to participating in a riot. Peepre also admitted to assault.
The Crown wanted a nine-month jail term for Peepre but he got 60 days, to be served on weekends, while Kennedy-Williams got 90 days in jail on weekends although the Crown asked for a six-month jail term.
“On the appeals of both matters, the Crown will ask that the sentences for both these individuals be increased,” says Samantha Hulme with Crown counsel.
Charles Gautier with the Downtown Business Improvement Association welcomes the decision.
“It was event that has traumatized a number of our members and their employees. If these two individuals didn’t receive what Crown believes was a suitable sentence, we’ll stand behind Crown. Certainly what we want to avoid any possibility of this happening again,” he says.
The Vancouver Police also support the Crown’s decision.
Meanwhile, the Crown has decided against appeals in two other cases, including Camille Cacnio, who received a suspended sentence, and Sean Burkett, who got a three-month conditional term.
The judge in the Cacnio case said jail time wasn’t necessary, partly because of the shaming she got on the Internet after the riot, and the Justice Branch says it doesn’t think an appeal would succeed in her case or Burkett’s.
A hearing date for Peepre and Kennedy-Williams is set for Nov. 29.