Crown drops arson charge against G20 protester

October 22, 2010 17:10:00
Peter Small
Courts Bureau

The Crown has dropped arson charges against a G20 protester accused of setting a police cruiser alight.

On Friday, a prosecutor also withdrew charges of mischief endangering life and conveying a false message against Kirk Warrington, 26.

“The Crown determined there was no reasonable prospect of conviction and withdrew these charges,” said attorney general’s spokesperson Brendan Crawley.

Warrington still faces charges of mischief over $5,000 and mischief under $5,000.

His next court date is Oct. 29.

Warrington always maintained he tried to douse the fire engulfing a cruiser in front of 415 Queen St. W. during protests surrounding the G20 summit in June.

“There is clear video footage of him trying to put it out and calling for water,” his lawyer, Bernadette Saad, said in an interview

“He’s insisted all along that he didn’t start it. In fact, when he saw it, he was trying to put it out with no help from anyone.”

Warrington has admitted to climbing onto the cruiser marked 3251 and lighting himself on fire with a piece of burning paper at the urging of other protesters. He tucked the burning paper under his jacket before it fell onto the windshield; that’s when he noticed flames inside the car

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