A Toronto man appears to have gotten himself into a heap of legal trouble after jumping into the shark tank at Ripley’s Aquarium back in October. Last year, David Weaver made headlines after he stripped naked, hopped a barrier and dove into the Aquarium's shark tank.
Weaver was spotted with a woman at the time, who reportedly held onto his clothes as he swam around the tank. The two later fled the scene together before police arrived. According to Weaver’s legal team, a trial date for the case has now been set for September 19th and 20th, 2019.
Footage of the incident shared on YouTube shows Weaver treading water in the tank while several sharks swim just beneath him. Despite the danger of the situation, Weaver appears unphased and even looks to be enjoying himself, pulling off a half-baked backflip as security tries to convince him to exit the pool.
Weaver currently faces a number of charges including one count of assault causing bodily harm, mischief under $5,000 and mischief interfering with property. According to Pardons Canada, if convicted of assault, Weaver could face a maximum penalty of 18 months in jail if the crime is deemed a summary offence.
As for Weaver’s charges of mischief, both of them carry a maximum sentence of six months in jail or a $5000 fine, again if deemed a summary offence.
Technically, Crown prosecutors could pursue more serve punishments and indictable offences against Weaver, in which case he will be reviewed by a judge and a jury and could face a maximum jail sentence of 10 years. Although due to the nature of his crimes, it is unlikely that Weaver will receive such a substantial penalty.