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Blockhouse murder suspect has extensive criminal backround

By Evan Taylor Sep 20, 2023 | 12:01 PM

Arthur Abdul Mosher, 40, was arrested on Aug. 24.Photo: Nova Scotia RCMP

Arthur Abdul Mosher, a 40-year-old resident of Blockhouse, Nova Scotia, is facing charges of first-degree murder in connection with the death of 49-year-old Josh Veinotte. Veinotte’s lifeless body was discovered on July 26 in Parkdale, a community nestled within Lunenburg County, approximately 25 kilometers northwest of Blockhouse.

Mosher’s arrest unfolded on August 24 in Gold River, Nova Scotia, and he remains in custody. The case made its way to Bridgewater provincial court this week, with further proceedings adjourned until October 25.

This isn’t Mosher’s first encounter with the law. His criminal history, dating back to his youth, is marked by numerous drug-related offenses and multiple violations of court orders. Records from his parole history reveal that he was previously incarcerated on charges stemming from a 2016 police raid on a Mahone Bay residence. During this operation, officers uncovered a marijuana grow-op and approximately $35,000 worth of stolen property, including two aluminum trailers, beer kegs, and plywood.

In 2018, Mosher was granted day parole, but suspicions arose when he was observed pacing in the halfway house parking lot, frequently using his cellphone to send text messages during all hours of the night. An investigation by his parole officer uncovered text messages suggesting he may have been involved in collecting drug-related debts through intermediaries. While Mosher initially denied any drug connections, subsequent drug tests returned positive results for methamphetamine and amphetamine. Consequently, his parole was revoked in 2018, and he was granted statutory release with strict conditions after serving two-thirds of his sentence, including a curfew requirement.

Notably, during his previous incarcerations in provincial facilities, Mosher faced allegations of smuggling drugs, tobacco, and needles. He also exhibited aggressive behavior towards correctional staff and engaged in physical altercations, according to parole records.

In January, Mosher received a suspended sentence, 18 months of probation, and fines related to cocaine and methamphetamine possession charges and various weapons offenses.

As for the details surrounding Josh Veinotte’s death, authorities have released limited information. However, the charge of first-degree murder suggests that law enforcement suspects premeditation and deliberate planning in the crime.

Mosher’s arrest came about after Nova Scotia RCMP issued a provincewide warrant on August 24, signaling a significant development in the ongoing investigation.