Guilty plea to manslaughter for NB death

A North Battleford man has entered a guilty plea to manslaughter in connection to the death of a woman in the city.

Keenan Mirasty entered the guilty plea in provincial court Tuesday morning for unlawfully causing the death of Sequin Mooswa in North Battleford on March 8 — thereby committing manslaughter. A stay of proceedings has been entered by the Crown regarding Mirasty’s second-degree murder charge from that date.

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Mirasty has also entered guilty pleas to an uttering threats charge and three breach charges.

Sentencing has been scheduled for Dec. 16 at 9:30 a.m. in North Battleford provincial courtroom number 2. At Mirasty’s court appearance Tuesday, defence lawyer Don MacKinnon requested preparation of a pre-sentence report to include Gladue factors, and Judge Dan O’Hanlon has made that order. The indication from MacKinnon was that this would be a contested sentencing.

According to RCMP, police had received a request on March 8 to check on the wellbeing of Mooswa, and found her deceased in a home on the 1900 block of St. Laurent Drive. An autopsy was conducted on Mooswa on March 9. Mirasty was arrested March 10 and has been in custody since then.

It was a relatively brief court appearance for Mirasty, who made his latest provincial court appearance by closed-circuit video from jail. The court date had initially been scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the second-degree murder charge, but that did not proceed as Mirasty entered the guilty plea for manslaughter.

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