The trial is underway for a Vancouver man accused of intentionally lighting on fire a man sleeping on a couch on Commercial Drive.
Robertson de Chazal is charged with aggravated assault.
The first witness, a police officer, describes the smell of paint thinner when he examined the couch after the fire in 2009.
The Crown says a similar accelerant was found in the Filipino victim’s clothes.
The assault was investigated as a hate crime, but the Crown says they don’t have the evidence to prove that beyond a reasonable doubt.
Other witnesses taking the stand, those who knew de Chazal, say they bonded over metal music and that swastikas were common symbols.
The accused is believed to be part of the white supremist group “Blood and Honour.”
The trial continues.