KITCHENER — Already convicted by a jury of preying on drug addicts, Kevin Moyston tried to convince a judge Monday that he is actually a nice guy worried about his dying grandmother.
It didn’t work.
Justice Robert Reilly sentenced the unrepentant crack cocaine dealer to 6½ years in prison, saying it would have been even longer if he didn’t face almost certain deportation to Jamaica when he gets out of custody.
“You are not a good person, Mr. Moyston,” Reilly said. “You are a truly evil person.”
Moyston, 37, testified during a two-week trial that he doesn’t even know what crack looks like and had never met the two victims.
But jurors fully accepted the evidence of Cindy Embury, 46, and Shawna McNeil, 37, that Moyston abused them after they racked up drug debts over an eight-month period in 2006.
He was convicted of 14 counts including trafficking, assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon, threatening, kidnapping and inducing the women to prostitute themselves.
Moyston was kind to the women at first – even supplying free crack – before taking over their apartments, beating them and making them work off their debts on the street.
“Basically, what Mr. Moyston was doing was exploiting the vulnerability of these rather sad crack addicts,” Reilly said.
Both women were longtime addicts with criminal records of property crimes to support their habits.
They knew Moyston — who had no prior record — only by his nicknames, one of which was Monster.
Embury was punched, dragged down stairs by the hair, hit with a belt and injured when her arm was twisted behind her back.
Moyston once partially hung her over the balcony of her Queen Street apartment and threatened to slice her from her genitals to her throat if she didn’t pay him.
McNeil had her finger broken and was hit in the legs with a metal bar from a bicycle, among other assaults.
Moyston came to Canada on a visitor’s visa in 2005. He claimed he lived in Toronto and only came to Kitchener to look for work.
Crown prosecutor Andre Rajna said he actually set up a business here making money as a street-level crack dealer.
Moyston — who is not a user himself and sold drugs strictly for profit — stuck to his story despite the jury verdict, pleading for a break in a long, rambling address to the judge.
He insisted jurors got it wrong and objected to his portrayal in court as a ruthless, abusive man who manipulated the two women.
“I don’t even watch violent movies,” Moyston said.
Defence lawyer Munyonzwe Hamalengwa asked for just two years in custody, stressing the victims were already part of the drug subculture when they met Moyston.
“These are not innocent lilies in the wild,” he said.
Hamalengwa also argued the sentence should be reduced because Moyston will be deported, saying a shorter prison term would save the Canadian government money.
Reilly deducted a year from the sentence for time Moyston spent in pretrial custody and on restrictive bail terms.
He said he also took into account the likelihood he’ll be kicked out of the country, reducing the sentence he would have otherwise imposed by another 18 months or so.