An anti-pipeline protester who was part of a tree sit-in on Burnaby Mountain has been found guilty of assaulting a Kinder Morgan contractor.
Jakub Markiewicz, who was 18 at the time, has been found guilty of assault with a weapon by a Vancouver Provincial Court judge.
Court heard the protester held a large log over his head to threaten and intimidate a pipeline surveyor on Burnaby Mountain last March.
Markiewicz says he didn’t make physical contact.
“I just slowly walked towards them basically telling them to leave the worksite.”
He was also found guilty of assaulting a GVRD surveyor, who had no connection to the pipeline project.
He was acquitted of two other charges, including assaulting a police officer.
Markiewicz chained himself to a tree for several days, protesting the expansion of the TransMountain pipeline.
About 100 other people were arrested for violating a court-ordered injunction, but civil contempt charges were dropped in 2014.
The National Energy Board says since approved the $6.8 billion dollar project, subject to 157 conditions.
The Federal Government is expected to make a final decision by the end of the year.