Accused Cup rioter feared for safety

Spencer Kirkwood, 25 leaving the Provincial Court in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday...

Spencer Kirkwood, 25 leaving the Provincial Court in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday December 14, 2011, Kirkwood appeared on charges for the Stanley Cup riots. (QMI Agency/CARMINE MARINELLI)

TYLER ORTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:47 AM ET

VANCOUVER - The first accused Stanley Cup rioter to go to trial phoned 911 in the days following the mayhem to tell authorities he feared for his safety when images of him spread online.

Spencer Kirkwood, 26, who appeared in court Monday wearing a dark shirt and grey tie, is the first person to go to trial after entering a not-guilty plea. More than 30 others have been sentenced for riot-related offences after pleading guilty.

Witness Greg Potocky, a self-described comedic film producer, posted a YouTube video featuring the smiling accused pumping his fists in the air before using a city barricade to smash windows at the downtown Telus building.


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