Man convicted in party bus brawl a no-show at sentencing

NEW WESTMINSTER – A man who was to be sentenced for his role in a "bloody and senseless" party bus brawl in Cloverdale in 2012 has failed to face the music.

 

Justice Murray Blok ordered a Canadawide warrant for the arrest of Emmanuel Dario after he didn’t show up for his sentencing hearing Thursday in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.

 

"There is some information he may be out of the province now," Crown prosecutor Winston Sayson told the judge.

 

It’s believed Dario might be in Alberta. If it is indeed proven that he absconded, Sayson said, the Crown will seek to have him sentenced in absentia. Dario’s lawyer Mani Sandhu declined to comment.

 

A jury found Dario guilty of two counts of aggravated assault but not guilty of a third charge of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.

 

The July 18, 2012 brawl erupted between recent high school graduates and Dario, a motorist who crossed their path behind a Husky gas station at 176th Street and Highway 10.

 

tzytaruk@thenownewspaper.com