Nunavut manslaughter trial could wrap up in November
Colin Makpah is accused in Aug. 14 death of Donald James Gamble
Lawyers are still preparing written submissions and final oral arguments in the manslaughter trial of Colin Makpah.
Makpah, 29, is on trial for the stabbing death of Donald James Gamble, 23, who died Aug. 14 in Rankin Inlet.
Manslaughter is an unlawful killing without intent to cause death. The offence carries no minimum penalty — except for a four-year mandatory minimum prison sentence that applies only when a firearm is used — and a maximum of life imprisonment.
Crown and defence lawyers now have until Sept. 1 to complete written submissions. Final oral arguments are scheduled for Nov. 7.
That’s when lawyers have their last chance to argue their case in front of the judge.
Justice Neil Sharkey is presiding over the judge-alone proceedings.
Several adjournments over the past two years have delayed the trial.
In March 2012 Justice Robert Kilpatrick halted proceedings because of inadequate courtroom security.
During the trial, witnesses had to be screened by a metal detector and by the court sheriffs before entering the courtroom.