Conditional discharge for man awaiting new murder trial

Dustin Moir, accused of killing Chelsey Acorn, 14, of Abbotsford sentenced on separate charge of uttering threats

Dustin Moir

Dustin Moir

A man who is awaiting a new trial for the murder of 14-year-old Chelsey Acorn of Abbotsford has been given a conditional discharge for uttering threats during a road-rage incident last summer.

Dustin Moir, 29, was placed on probation for one year on April 9 in Port Coquitlam provincial court.

A conditional discharge requires that an individual abide by certain conditions for a set time, but does not result in jail time.

Moir was charged last July with uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm on July 9 and two counts of breaching his bail conditions on June 12, all in Maple Ridge.

The breach charges are being dealt with separately, and the trial on that matter is set to begin May 4 in Chilliwack provincial court. The charges stem from prior conditions that Moir was under after having been released from prison on bail in August 2013.

At that time, his conditions included that he keep the peace, reside with his wife, abide by a daily curfew of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., and seek/maintain employment.

Moir was convicted in February 2010 of the 2005 first-degree murder of Acorn and received a life sentence.

Acorn’s remains were found April 2006 in a shallow grave near the Carolin Mines exit off the Coquihalla Highway outside of Hope.

An autopsy confirmed that her skull had been crushed with a rock in the fall of 2005 and she had been strangled and buried naked. Moir and his father, Jesse Blue West, 62, were charged with her murder and both were convicted in separate trials.

Moir appealed the decision, his conviction was overturned in January 2013 and he was released from prison. A date for the new murder trial has not yet been set.