Judge compares BC man’s penthouse party to dealing drugs, fines him $5,000

Judge described the event as a crime not a party

A British Columbia judge has compared a man’s COVID rule-breaking to dealing fentanyl on the street, describing the event as “a crime, not a party,” and something attended by people “foolish enough” to put their health at risk and that of their grandmothers.

The man has been fined $5,000 and sentenced to a day in jail and 18 months probation after pleading guilty to disobeying a court order and failing to comply with a health officer’s order. Had the crown asked, the judge she would have imposed a longer period of incarceration.

He held a party in his condo in January. Police caught wind of it and used a search warrant as an invitation. They handed out $17,000 in fines.

The judge, in her summation, told the man had someone contracted COVID at the party and died he would be guilty of manslaughter.

Since being charged, the man said he has followed COVID protocols; that he learned a hard lesson.

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