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A young man accused of participating in Vancouver's 2011 Stanley Cup riot has pleaded NOT guilty, despite video evidence of him smashing the windows of a downtown store.
Spencer Kirkwood claims he doesn't remember what happened after 7:30 the evening of June 15th when he and other guests at a party in Yaletown witnessed smoke from a fire set during the riot.
He admits he'd been drinking heavily and doesn't recall smashing the windows of the Telus store in the 700 block of Seymour with a barricade around 930pm.
Two days later, he called 911 to report he'd received a death threat linked to the riot.
He was interviewed by Vancouver Police in July and in November, he was one of the first 25 people charged.
Kirkwood is also facing one count of mischief and breaching his bail conditions by consuming alcohol.
In May of last year, he was pulled over for running a red light.
He denied having anything to drink, but police say his blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.