DTES memorial organizer sentenced for fraud, theft
Sean Kirkham coordinator of missing women's stones project sits by 3 memorial stones place in front of the Balmoral Hotel at 159 hastings in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday December 16, 2012. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
Sean Kirkham, a controversial Downtown Eastside non-profit director, has been sentenced to two years less a day after pleading guilty to 10 counts of fraud and theft.
Quebec Justice Helene Morin handed down the conditional sentence in a Montreal courtroom for Quebec and B.C. charges dating back to 2007. Kirkham will serve eight months of house arrest here and a curfew for the remainder. He is also banned from soliciting donations or grants for the duration of his sentence.
“This case has gone through the judicial system for the past four years,” Kirkham told 24 hours. “I think she was fair in her decision.”
Kirkham also recently launched a defamation suit against DTES organizations Aboriginal Front Door and Butterflies in Spirit, and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, for unproven allegations regarding funds for his non-profit Canadian Foundation for Creative Development and Innovation. All defendants declined to comment.