News

Former Terrace resident named in hockey riot civil suit

A FORMER resident and graduate of Caledonia has been named in an ICBC civil suit to recover costs of damage to vehicles during the Stanley Cup riots in Vancouver two years ago.

Mathew William Eakin has been named as one of 46 individuals in the civil suit filed June 13 by ICBC to recover costs of damage to 77 vehicles during the riots.

In the civil suit, ICBC claims that “at least 122 motor vehicles, including 24 emergency vehicles, were damaged or destroyed.”

The riot erupted after the Vancouver Canucks lost in the seventh game of the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins June 15, 2011.

Cars were torched, stores broken into and looted and many people arrested, pepper sprayed and tear gassed as police tried to break up the riot in the downtown area.

Eakin is named in the civil suit as allegedly having been involved in the damage of a white 2006 Ford E250 that “was damaged by the intentional acts, assistance and encouragement of some of the rioters, including but not limited to the defendant Matthew Eakin....”

The total amount of the insurance claims on the vehicle is $15,351.99.

In total, ICBC lists the losses and expenses it paid out at a total of $526,116.16 on 77 vehicles, adding that the totals may be amended.

Eakin has also been criminally charged with one count of taking part in a riot, four counts of mischief, one count of break and enter and commit indictable offence and one count of break and enter with intent to commit offence from June 15, 2011, according to court documents filed in Vancouver provincial court.

Eakin’s trial has been scheduled for four weeks in January 2014.

He was granted bail set at $2,000 on Sept. 19, 2012 on his own recognizance and without surety or deposit.

On his own recognizance means he gave his word he would follow any conditions he was ordered to abide by until his trial.

Without surety or deposit means he didn’t have to put down part of the bail amount now or have someone else agree to vouch for his behaviour until his trial.

As of June 10, the Criminal Justice Branch of the provincial Ministry of Justice said criminal charges have been approved against 229 people and the branch has concluded that no charges will be approved against 40 people.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

UPDATE: Missing man found
 
Protestors call for end to police brutality
 
Gun amnesty declared in June
Prince Rupert LNG project delayed, others on track
 
Teacher strike cheques in the mail
 
Pay more for Columbia River, minister tells U.S.
Pen High Lakers digging for more wins
 
Rotary connector trail extension enhances Rails to Trails project
 
Room to Live campaign launched

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 29 edition online now. Browse the archives.