|Vancouver Canucks fans set a car on fire and riot in the street after watch the Canucks lose to Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff in downtown Vancouver, June 15, 2011. (Carmine Marinelli/QMI Agency)
A Stanley Cup rioter who discharged a fire extinguisher into the crowds and “set the tone” at the outset of the June 2011 mayhem deserves four to five months in jail, according to Crown lawyers.
Dylan Long, of Surrey, appeared in court Monday, along with his mother who travelled from Prince George, B.C., for a pre-sentence report detailing his actions.
The 20-year-old’s mother glanced occasionally at her son while watching riot footage of Long kicking the door of an overturned silver Nissan Versa outside the Canada Post building on West Georgia and Hamilton Streets.
Footage shows him taking a fire extinguisher from the car’s trunk before spraying it in the air, to the cheers of onlookers.
Crown lawyer Michelle Booker said his actions were “motivated to incite” crowds as he remained close to the car even after police tried to disperse people in the area.
Long spent two hours participating in the riot, eventually breaking into a shoe store, where he stole a pair of purses. He returned to the store later that night to steal two more handbags.
Long turned himself in to police the next day, returned one of the purses and spoke to investigators multiple times as he recalled more of his actions from that night.
Defence lawyer Tim Ochitwa is seeking either a conditional sentence or an intermittent jail sentence if the judge determines prison necessary.