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NEWS: Nunavut July 24, 2012 - 9:49 am

Nunavut carver’s stabbing death was self-defence: RCMP

Woman acted in self-defence, police conclude

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Sangani Osuitok, 50, died last year because a 21-year-old woman stabbed him in self-defence, the Nunavut RCMP said July 24 in a statement.

“Investigators found that the female acted in self-defence. The investigation has been concluded and there will be no charges laid as a result of the stabbing,” police said in a news release.

Osuitok died Oct. 21, 2011 after being rushed from housing unit 2219B in Iqaluit to the Qikiqtani General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police arrested a 21-year-old woman at 2219B and took her in for questioning.

But she was released later that day without being charged, pending an investigation.

That investigation has now concluded that she killed the man while defending herself, police said.

“The incident at house 2219-B was an isolated incident and there is no concern to other citizens as a result of Mr. Osuitok’s death,” police said.

Osuitok, a well-known carver, was the son of the late Osuitok Ipeelee of Cape Dorset.

In 1998, Osuitok was convicted in a jury trial of sexual assault in the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories. Lawyers attempted to appeal the verdict, on the grounds that Justice John Vertes did not correctly instruct the jury on the concept of reasonable doubt.

But the NWT appeal court dismissed their appeal and in 1999, the Supreme Court of Canada denied leave to appeal the earlier decision.

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