Assault Nets Mosquito Man Federal Prison Sentence

Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 15:24



A man was sentenced today in North Battleford Provincial Court to two-and-a-half years in jail for a violent assault on his common law wife on the Mosquito First Nation on December 31st.


Rusty James Pahsaknunk pleaded guilty to assault with several weapons, including hair clippers and a plastic hanger — plus assault causing bodily harm.


A third charge of unlawful confinement was withdrawn by the Crown.


Court heard Pahsaknunk assaulted Tiera Standingwater several times.


According to an agreed upon statement of facts, he repeatedly kicked her, stomped on her and shaved part of her hair.


He also pushed her into a snowbank and pulled her by the hair out of a clothes dryer.


Pahsaknunk’s lawyer, Joanne Khan, had asked for two years less a day, but is satisfied with Judge Violet Meekma’s sentence.


Pahsaknunk will serve his time in a federal prison.