February 5, 2013
Accused Stanley Cup rioter cried after seeing footage of himself
By Tyler Orton, QMI Agency
VANCOUVER – The first Stanley Cup rioter to go on trial admitted to a police officer he broke down upon seeing video of himself smashing windows and grinning during the June 2011 mayhem.
Police interview footage played in court Tuesday shows a very tense Spencer Kirkwood recalling the riot night for an investigator.
He repeatedly told RCMP Const. Cathy MacDonald he had no memory of rampaging through downtown Vancouver following a night of heavy drinking, but identified himself in a video in which he smashed windows at the Telus building.
“When I first saw the video, I thought I was going to jail,” he told the investigator in July 2011. “To be honest, I just started to cry a little bit.”
The Vancouver man, who is originally from Chilliwack, B.C., said he contacted authorities after seeing footage online.