One of two men charged with assaulting a teenager outside a Kitsilano pizzeria said he regrets what happened.
A man was caught on video inside Pizza Pizza on Feb. 20 wearing a mask under his chin, in defiance of the province’s mask mandate, and yelling about the coronavirus pandemic being a “joke.”
The man also claimed he was worth $50 million and a Pizza Pizza employee worth nothing.
Later in the video, two men were seen pushing and shoving a teenage male on the sidewalk of the strip mall.
James Henry Davidson and Brenton Thomas Woyat were arrested by Vancouver Police and charged with assault. Davidson appeared March 1 at Vancouver Provincial Court and his next date is April 9. Woyat’s first appearance is set for March 17.
Reached by phone March 9, Davidson told theBreaker.news that his lawyer advised him not to discuss the incident.
“All I can say we deeply regret the trouble that was caused. That’s all I can say,” Davidson said.
Pressed for more details, he said: “it’s drunk and disorderly; basically there’s no mask connotations, we have no feelings about that. That’s all it’s about.”
Davidson declined to say whether he would plead guilty, but admitted he was apologetic. “Of course, that’ll come out later.”
Woyat was suspended from his job as an investment advisor at Canaccord Genuity in Vancouver. He has shut down his business website and LinkedIn and Facebook accounts.
“We are incredibly disappointed to learn of a shameful incident of inexcusable behaviour involving one of our employees,” said a statement from the company to CTV News Vancouver reporter Allison Hurst.
“We take these matters very seriously. Immediately upon becoming aware of the incident, the employee was suspended without pay while we launch a thorough investigation of this matter. Canaccord Genuity rejects the disgraceful behaviours, opinions and actions of the individuals involved. They are in no way representative of our firm’s values.”
Woyat did not respond to theBreaker.news request for comment.
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