Sentencing for man accused of killing Sequin Mooswa delayed due to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 there’s still no sentencing date for a North Battleford man accused of killing Sequin Mooswa.

Keenan Mirasty, 22, was to be sentenced December 2020 in North Battleford Provincial Court but the matter was adjourned to Jan. 18, 2021, to speak to the matter and possibly set a new sentencing date. On Jan. 18, 2021, however, the matter was adjourned to Feb. 22 when the court may set a sentencing date. Four people want to attend the sentencing hearing but due to COVID-19 restrictions on courts, they are currently not able to attend.

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Presiding Judge Daniel O’Hanlon said hopefully the courts will be opened up by then.

In March 2020 Mirasty was charged with second-degree murder. He pleaded guilty, however, to the lesser charge of manslaughter in October 2020.

According to North Battleford RCMP, on March 8, 2020, they got a call to conduct a welfare check on a 22-year-old woman at a residence on the 1900 block of St. Laurent Drive in North Battleford. They found Mooswa deceased.

A wake and funeral service for Mooswa were held in March 2020 at the Moosomin Band Hall on Moosomin First Nation.

Friends and family remembered her bright smile.

“I always remember her smiling face and bright greetings,” one friend said on a tribute wall for Mooswa. “They were so genuine.”

-With files from John Cairns

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