Accused in Rotary tent slashing appear in court

The three youth charged with vandalizing the Revelstoke Rotary Club’s tents just before the Glacier Challenge tournament had their day in court last Wednesday.

  • Oct. 12, 2011 11:00 a.m.

The three youth charged with vandalizing the Revelstoke Rotary Club’s tents just before the Glacier Challenge tournament had their day in court last Wednesday.

The youths, who cannot be identified due to the Youth Justice Act, were charged with mischief causing damage greater than $5,000.

In court, one youth plead guilty to the offence. Tracy Kovacs, the youth probation officer, told the court she was organizing a restorative justice conference between the youth and a representative of the Revelstoke Rotary Club. Sentencing was set for Dec. 7 if an agreement could not be reached between the parties.

The second youth did not enter a plea. He showed up in court with his mother, where they were handed the disclosure documents and ordered to return to court in a month’s time with a lawyer.

The third youth did not turn up in court. It was indicated in court that he may have left town. An unendorsed warrant was issued for his arrest.

The act of vandalism, which took place on July 28, resulted in an estimated $16,000 in damage to six tents owned by the Revelstoke Rotary Club. At the time, Staff Sgt. Jacquie Olsen of the Revelstoke RCMP called the destruction “meaningless.”

“This serves no purpose,” Olsen said, “other than to be malicious.”