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NEWS: Nunavut December 02, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Pond Inlet man to be tried again in September 2014 on second-degree murder charge

Crown'a first prosecution of Ruben Arnakallak ended in Feb. 2013 mistrial

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Ruben Arnakallak is escorted into an RCMP vehicle Oct. 29 at the Nunavut Court of Justice for a bail hearing. Justice Neil Sharkey determined it was not in the public's interest to let Arnakallak out on bail. Arnakallak faces one count of second-degree murder in relation to the death of his older brother, Esa Arnakallak. Arnakallak will be tried in Pond Inlet in September 2014. (PHOTO BY DAVID MURPHY)
Ruben Arnakallak is escorted into an RCMP vehicle Oct. 29 at the Nunavut Court of Justice for a bail hearing. Justice Neil Sharkey determined it was not in the public's interest to let Arnakallak out on bail. Arnakallak faces one count of second-degree murder in relation to the death of his older brother, Esa Arnakallak. Arnakallak will be tried in Pond Inlet in September 2014. (PHOTO BY DAVID MURPHY)

A Pond Inlet man accused of murdering his older brother in 2011 will stay in custody until his trial, Justice Neil Sharkey decided Dec. 2 after a show-cause hearing at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.

Ruben Arnakallak, 33, is accused of second-degree murder in the November 2011 death of Esa Arnakallak.

The matter went to trial in Pond Inlet in February 2013, but the judge presiding over the case declared a mistrial.

Arnakallak returned to court in Iqaluit Oct. 29 for a bail, or show-cause hearing.

Crown prosecutor Barry McLaren said he wanted the trial moved to Iqaluit while defence lawyer Alison Crowe argued the trial should be held in Pond Inlet.

On that issue, Sharkey decided in favour of the defence. The new trial is set for Sept. 15, 2014, again in Pond Inlet. It will be a jury trial and is expected to take three weeks.

If convicted, Arnakallak faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison, with a period of parole ineligibility that could range from 10 to 25 years.

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