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NEWS: Nunavut August 04, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut police officer back in court over pepper spray charges

Sgt. Paul Marenchuk remains suspended with pay

SARAH ROGERS
RCMP Sgt. Paul Marenchuk faces two counts of assault with a weapon related to two 2015 incidents involving detainees at the detachment in Pond Inlet, where Marenchuk has been stationed since 2012. (IMAGE COURTESY OF RCMP)
RCMP Sgt. Paul Marenchuk faces two counts of assault with a weapon related to two 2015 incidents involving detainees at the detachment in Pond Inlet, where Marenchuk has been stationed since 2012. (IMAGE COURTESY OF RCMP)

A Nunavut police officer made his first court appearance July 19 to respond to two charges of assault.

RCMP Sgt. Paul Marenchuk faces two counts of assault with a weapon related to two 2015 incidents involving detainees at the detachment in Pond Inlet, where Marenchuk had been stationed since 2012.

But the matter was put over to Aug. 22 so lawyers on both sides could discuss disclosure, or what evidence can be presented in the case.

Court records show that Marenchuk, a 30-year veteran of the force, is alleged to have assaulted Joshua Enookolo with pepper spray Aug. 31, 2015 while Enookolo was detained at the RCMP’s Pond Inlet detachment.

Less than two weeks later, on Sept. 10, it’s alleged that Marenchuk once again assaulted a detainee — this time Lanny Kippomee — at the local detachment.

The incidents were initially reviewed and referred to an Alberta-based RCMP investigator. The Yukon office of the Public Prosecution Services of Canada later determined that charges were warranted.

Because the RCMP is an agency of the federal government, the case is considered a conflict file, and has been assigned to a Crown prosecutor outside of Nunavut.

Marenchuk was not present at the July 19 appearance in Pond Inlet. He remains suspended from the force with pay.

Marenchuk is scheduled to appear in court next Aug. 22 in Iqaluit.

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