No criminal record for Maple Spring vandal

A judge has issued an absolute discharge for a 24-year old man who was charged with vandalism at the Cégep du Vieux Montréal during the student strike in February of 2012.

François Vivier Gagnon was among a gang of about 150-striking students who stormed the school and then tried to barricade themselves inside.

Police eventually cleared the school and made 30 arrests.

The judge's decision to give Vivier Gagnon an absolute discharge means he will not have a criminal record, but he has also been ordered to pay $650 in compensation for the damage caused.

Vivier Gagnon is a sociology student at UQAM.

His troubles with the law are far from over though.

He has has been charged with two other people of setting off smoke bombs in the Metro in May of 2012, and that case is still pending.

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  1. John F. posted on 04/22/2014 09:32 AM
    No surprise here as typical justice has been served.

    A slap on the wrist for vandalism and participating in a RIOT along with a $650 fine of which he possibly won't pay because he is a "student".

    Regarding the smoke bombing in the Metro....no big deal, after all, he is only a 24 year old "student" trying to major in SOCIOLOGY.

    I bet he will be given a slap on his other wrist for this one too.

    Makes me want to puke!!
  2. ric posted on 04/22/2014 04:15 PM
    John F., I couldn't agree with you more. This puke deserved a criminal record and jail time. If not, they just laugh at the system and do it again. Setting off smoke bombs could have been fatal to people. I hope he gets a judge that's not brain dead.
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