A former TTC employee has been sent to jail for 14 months after being convicted of mischief and attempted arson during the G20 summit weekend two years ago.
Ashan Ravindhraraj, 27, had pleaded guilty to two counts of mischief to property but pleaded not guilty to arson in connection to the torching of a Toronto police cruiser parked on Queen St. W.
A jury convicted him of attempted arson.
This week, Superior Court Justice Anne Molloy sentenced him to 14 months minus two months for living under strict house arrest while out on bail. He was also placed on three months probation following the completion of his sentence.
“It’s all about holding people accountable,” Toronto police Det. Sgt. Gary Giroux, the operational manager of the G20 investigative team, said Friday.
There are still people facing g20-related charges and trials, including five American citizens facing extradition from the U.S., Giroux said.
Ravindhraraj admitted he did some stupid, goofy things during the G20 protests, including jumping up and down on the cruiser in order to post photos on Facebook.
But he denied setting the fire that engulfed a second cruiser parked in the middle of Queen St. just east of Spadina Ave. on June 26, 2010.
Crown attorney Catherine Rhinelander introduced a series of images of Ravindhraraj, including a photo showing his hand holding a piece of paper and reaching into the cruiser through the passenger-side window. Another image, taken moments later, appears to show smoke coming from the passenger seat.
Ravindhraraj testified the paper was not on fire when he threw it in the car.
A few weeks after his images were published, Ravindhraraj was fired from his job as a data management technician with the city’s transit commission.
One of those photos shows Ravindhraraj standing on the hood of a cruiser with his foot hovering above its cracked windshield.