Judge weighs destruction of Fairy Creek protester’s camping gear in sentencing decision

CTV News
January 5, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A University of Victoria instructor has been sentenced to 70 hours of community service for his role in protesting old-growth logging in the Fairy Creek watershed on southwestern Vancouver Island. Keith Cherry, 34, admitted to violating a 2021 court injunction that was imposed to prevent protesters from blockading logging operations in the watershed, according to a B.C. Supreme Court decision issued last month but only published online Thursday. In his reasons for the sentencing, Justice Douglas Thompson gave consideration to evidence that Cherry lost more than $1,600 in camping gear that was destroyed during his arrest. According to the court, Cherry had chained his arm inside a large log that was laid across a logging road on Sept. 13, 2021. …The judge credited the destruction of Cherry’s personal property as a “collateral consequence” that warranted reducing his initial sentencing consideration from 100 hours of community service to 70 hours.

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