Former Campbell River Storm owner given a six month conditional sentence for assaulting coach

The former co-owner of the Campbell River Storm was given a six month conditional sentence on Dec. 15 for assault causing bodily harm.

Kevin Ronald Spooner was found guilty of assaulting Lee Stone, Storm head coach and general manager, in an incident in December of 2015. Spooner was convicted by Judge Catherine Crockett in Campbell River Provincial Court on April 12, 2017.

The six month conditional sentence means Spooner is serving a six month sentence in the community instead of in prison.

According to the Criminal Code of Canada, compulsory conditions of a conditional sentence order include keeping the peace and good behaviour, appearing before the court when required, reporting to a supervisor, remaining in the jurisdiction of the court unless with written permission from the court or the supervisor and notifying the court or supervisor in advance of any change of name, address or change of employment or occupation.

Spooner was also ordered to provide DNA, as well as report for sample collection to ensure he is abstaining from consumption of drugs, alcohol or any other intoxicating substance. He was also sentenced to a one year probation order and a five year firearm prohibition.

The charges arose after a Spooner Construction Christmas party held at the Chances Playtime Gaming Casino. During the trial, the court heard evidence about acrimony between Spooner and his then-estranged wife Linda at the party. Evidence was given of harsh words, accusations and verbal altercations giving rise to the charges of uttering threats.

The court also heard evidence that Spooner left the party around 10 p.m. in an agitated state and went to Stone’s residence, a house provided to him by the Spooners as a condition of his employment. It was there that he got into a physical altercation with Stone, resulting in injuries to Stone and attendance by police.

With files by Alistair Taylor