In­quest or­dered into death of Cup ri­oter

Times Colonist - - B.c. / Canada -

VAN­COU­VER — The B.C. Coroners Ser­vice has sched­uled a pub­lic in­quest into the death of William Ryan Fisher, a Stan­ley Cup ri­oter who died just days af­ter be­gin­ning a three-year prison sen­tence.

Fisher, 30, died on Feb. 25, 2016, at Royal Columbian Hospi­tal in New West­min­ster, four days af­ter be­ing trans­ferred from the North Fraser Pre­trial Cen­tre in Maple Ridge, where he been found in med­i­cal dis­tress.

Fisher was placed in the pre­trial cen­tre on Feb. 19, 2016. He was taken to hospi­tal in the early hours of Feb. 21.

He was just start­ing a three­year sen­tence for a va­ri­ety of charges re­lat­ing to the 2011 Stan­ley Cup riot in Van­cou­ver.

Fisher and an­other man, Rus­sell Jean Milne, had re­ceived the most se­vere pun­ish­ments handed out to ri­ot­ers.

Both were found guilty of the ag­gra­vated as­sault of a man iden­ti­fied as a “Good Sa­mar­i­tan.”

Fisher had also been con­victed of tak­ing part in a riot, dis­guis­ing his face with in­tent to com­mit in­dictable of­fence, mis­chief, as­sault, break and en­ter, fail­ure to re­main at scene of ac­ci­dent and breach of re­cog­ni­zance.

The Good Sa­mar­i­tan, Christo­pher Leveille, was punched, kicked and stomped, caus­ing him to suf­fer a col­lapsed lung.

The B.C. Coroners Ser­vice in­quest, which will be­gin July 17 at the Burn­aby Coroners’ Court, will re­view the cir­cum­stances of Fisher’s death and ex­plore whether there are op­por­tu­ni­ties for a jury to make rec­om­men­da­tions that could pre­vent deaths in sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances.

William Fisher died four days into a three-year prison sen­tence for his role in the 2011 Stan­ley Cup riot in Van­cou­ver.

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