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NEWS: Iqaluit April 29, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Assault trial for Nunavut artist set to begin Sept. 21

Jonathan Cruz will faces three charges in judge-alone trial

THOMAS ROHNER
One of many NuSchool murals designed by Jonathan Cruz — this one on the Uvikkait dome youth house in Kuujjuaq, a work he designed and painted with fellow artist Patrick Béland. (FILE PHOTO)
One of many NuSchool murals designed by Jonathan Cruz — this one on the Uvikkait dome youth house in Kuujjuaq, a work he designed and painted with fellow artist Patrick Béland. (FILE PHOTO)

Jonathan Cruz, an Iqaluit-based graffiti and hip-hop artist whose murals appear around Nunavut, will stand trial on three assault charges on Sept. 21, Justice Neil Sharkey said at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit April 29.

Cruz, 33, who has held art workshops for Nunavut youth to help steer them away from lives of crime through his NuSchool graphic design agency, originally faced nine charges stemming from a single complainant.

But by the time Sharkey set Cruz’s trial date on April 29, only three assault charges remained.

Cruz has chosen to be tried before a judge alone, with no jury.

Cruz faces two new charges, both for impaired driving, laid after the assault charges.

He will make his first appearance before a justice of the peace in Iqaluit on those impaired charges on June 2.

Cruz’s trial for the assault charges are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. in Iqaluit on Sept. 21.

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