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Kelowna: Man pleads guilty to setting drunken party-goer ablaze

This Facebook photo is believed to be the Matthew Sweet-Grant charged in the burning of an 18-year-old Kelowna man at a party Friday evening. - contributed
This Facebook photo is believed to be the Matthew Sweet-Grant charged in the burning of an 18-year-old Kelowna man at a party Friday evening.
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The man who set fire to another who had passed out at a party a week ago Friday plead guilty to both charges against him Monday afternoon.

Mathew Sweet-Grant was charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon for his part in the bizarre incident, which seems to follow on a pattern of such behaviour among a group of young men in Kelowna.

"The investigation revealed that the man fell asleep on the kitchen floor during the early morning hours. One man then allegedly poured a liquid on the victim's back and lit him on fire while the other filmed the incident," Kelowna RCMP spokesman Cnst. Kris Clark told reporters last Thursday, the morning of the pair's first court appearance and bail hearing.

Both Sweet-Grant, 20, and his friend Joshua McWhirter, 18, were charged with aggravated assault, McWhirter for allegedly doing the filming.

Facebook posts by Sweet-Grant, whose photo albums were not locked down, showed he had filmed himself and taken still photos of himself and others lighting fire to friends' clothing on several occasions before.

McWhirter did not enter a plea and is scheduled to be back before a judge on Jan. 8 to continue moving toward a trial. Sweet-Grant won't be back in court until Feb. 4 for sentencing and a pre-sentencing report has been ordered.

 

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