Sweet-Grant pleads guilty to assault in burning

Mathew Sweet-Grant from his Facebook page.

Mathew Sweet-Grant has pleaded guilty to two assault counts in the video-recorded burning of a young man at a Kelowna house party.

Sweet-Grant, 20, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and assault with a weapon Monday in B.C. Provincial Court. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 4.

Sweet-Grant and Joshua McWhirter, 18, were arrested last week on charges of aggravated assault after an 18-year-old man received second- and third-degree burns to most of his back when he was intentionally set on fire. He had passed out at a house party in the 2500 block of Highway 97 Dec. 7.

"He's been upfront from the very beginning," defence lawyer Wes Munson said of Sweet-Grant. "He feels terrible about it. He and (the victim) were friends. They still are, probably."

McWhirter will appear in court Jan. 8. He is charged with aggravated assault.

RCMP reports say that one man poured a flammable liquid on back of the teen's clothes and lit him on fire while the another filmed it on a phone camera. 

Sweet-Grant's Facebook page includes several pictures of people on fire. He posted several photos under the heading "Stoned pyro bro's," in which a man is setting fire to himself in various poses. Others shows flames in the back of his jeans, the back of his hoodie and the front of his T-shirt.

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