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Canada Rosie DiManno: Is Shark Man an idiot? It would appear so

16:25  20 september  2019
16:25  20 september  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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a man wearing a hat: David Weaver, a British Columbia man , pled guilty to one count of mischief.© Toronto Police Service David Weaver, a British Columbia man , pled guilty to one count of mischief.

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Da-dum. Da-dum. Da-dum da-dum da-dum da-dum daaaaaaaa ….

Theme music from “Jaws,” in case you didn’t recognize it.

Theme music from Shark Man, the goof who jumped into the shark tank at Ripley’s Aquarium last October:

Da-dumb. Da-dumb. Da-dumb da-dumb da-dumb da-dumb dumbbbbbbb ….

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Outside the courthouse a few hours later, not so much.

Invited by Justice Enzo Rondinelli to address the court, 38-year-old Weaver, wearing a short-sleeved plaid shirt that exposed the tattoos riding up both arms, rose before the bench. “I just want to take the time to apologize for wasting your time, your honour, the court’s time, and for my actions of last year.’’

Yet it was an abrupt volta-face once all the probation paperwork was completed — suspended sentence, no jail time after pleading guilty to mischief — before defence lawyer Blair Drummie could shut down his incorrigible client.

Why’d you do it, Mr. Weaver?

“Uh, just another day in the life of Dave. That’s all I can really say.’’

Were you inebriated, Mr. Weaver?

“Inebriated or having a couple of drinks? Two different things. I had a couple of drinks, sure.’’

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Do you regret stripping naked and swimming with sharks, Mr. Weaver?

“Not at all. I’d do it again.”

Lest the point hadn’t been made, Weaver kept right on jawing as TV cameras trailed him down the street.

“I didn’t hurt anybody. I didn’t hurt myself, so I don’t have any regrets on hurting anybody else. That’s pretty much it. If I’m doing something in my life and I’m not hurting anybody else, then I don’t see the problem, in my books, in my opinion.”

Pity he didn’t share that opinion with the judge.

Or the Crown, Heather Keating, who had read rapidly through a brief agreed statement of facts, and jointly, with Drummie, made a submission requesting suspended sentence plus one-year probation.

The facts, which went viral via cellphone video captured by patrons who were present at Ripley’s around 10:30 p.m. that Friday, Oct. 12: Weaver had duly bought himself a ticket for entry, then almost immediately stripped to the buff and jumped into the shark tank. The videos show Weaver appearing entirely at ease as he swam about, the shadow of sand tiger sharks visible beneath him. Quite docile creatures, actually, despite the sharp teeth.

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Surrounded as well by moray eels, sawfish and sea turtles.

Those watching were stunned, likely even scared on Weaver’s behalf.

Staff tried to coax him out of the tank

And, indeed, Weaver did emerge from the water, clambered over some rocks, then back-dived, to loud cheers, into the tank, before finally climbing out, collecting his clothes and leaving.

The strange dude was gone by the time cops arrived.

He was arrested four days later in Thunder Bay — hundreds of kilometres away, by OPP officers during a vehicle stop. Was transported back to Toronto, spent three days in jail, before he was released on bail.

By which time, Weaver had become a social media celebrity.

“That video, unsurprisingly, made its way to local news, to national news and to international news,” Keating reminded the judge. “And the temptation, your honour, is to chalk this up as a harmless drunken prank. Certainly some responses to the media coverage have portrayed Mr. Weaver’s antics as being foolhardy, rather than harmful.

“But foolhardy behaviour is what we might expect from a reckless teenager. Mr. Weaver is far from a teenager. He’s a 38-year-old man with a criminal record which includes prior criminal convictions for mischief and periods of incarceration or probation. His behaviour is more than foolhardy; it’s criminal.

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“Quite simply, it’s the Crown’s submission that there can be no other explanation for this behaviour, other than attention-seeking. This is in many respects the more troubling aspect. This incident has made Mr. Weaver infamous. And infamy, in our social media world, has become indistinguishable from fame.’’

The act demanded formal deterrence and denunciation, said Keating, particularly to dissuade anyone else from pulling similar stunts.

“This kind of behaviour and these kinds of events often inspire others, particularly young people, to make the same criminal decision as Mr. Weaver, which is to engage in risky and harmful behaviour because the attention it generates is worth the risk.’’

Court heard that David Weaver has addiction issues and that, around age 15, he tragically lost his father to murder, committed by David’s brother, factors which Rondinelli took into consideration in sentencing.

“I’m not going to say alcohol wasn’t a factor,’’ Drummie told the judge. “It certainly was a factor that night.’’

But then Drummie got to what he claimed was the central why of the incident.

“All his life, he has hated to see animals in cages. He’s not an animal activist, but that was the main reason.’’

Except, it’s not as if Weaver tried to free the sharks from their Ripley prison. He simply cavorted with them.

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Weaver lives part of the year in Brantford, with his mother, who was in court, and part of the year in Masset, B.C., where he’s employed as a catch-and-release fishing guide. He’s also worked as a fireman and tree-planter.

Drummie emphasized that Weaver has taken steps to atone for his behaviour by doing volunteer work at a church soup kitchen in Brantford and with a construction company focused on building accessibility. He’s had three counselling sessions for alcoholism and anger management and further counselling is a condition of his probation.

And, oh yeah, Weaver has donated $500 to the World Wildlife Fund.

“So you see, he has done quite a few things to appease the court and show contrition.’’

The judge bought it, more or less.

“You have pled guilty to this offence, which, on its face, you’d think is just a foolish prank. But, as Ms. Keating pointed out, it is a criminal offence. You’d think it would be deterrence enough that you wouldn’t be jumping into a tank with sharks. But here we are today.’’

It should be noted that police allege Weaver, earlier on that fateful Friday, assaulted a man outside Medieval Times, a jousting-themed restaurant, in a random and unprovoked attack. Charged with assault and mischief, Weaver faces trial in late October.

“I remember everything about that day,” Shark Man smiled through missing teeth.

Rosie DiManno is a columnist based in Toronto covering sports and current affairs. Follow her on Twitter: @rdimanno

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