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NEWS: Nunavut December 05, 2012 - 4:28 pm

Teenaged boy appears in Nunavut court on first-degree murder charge

Tracey Uttak, 26, died Nov. 29 in Igloolik

DAVID MURPHY

A 16-year-old Igloolik boy arrested in connection with the death of Tracey Uttak, 26, appeared at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Justice Dec. 5.

Uttak died Nov. 29 in Igloolik. The youth is charged with first-degree murder in connection with her death, as well as breaking and entering with intent to commit robbery.

The youth, who cannot be named because his charges fall under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, originally had a court date scheduled for Dec. 4, but due to a blizzard in Igloolik, that was postponed.

The teenager entered the courtroom late in the afternoon Dec. 5 wearing the standard Nunavut prison outfit of navy blue sweatpants and sweatshirt.

Seconds after entering, the boy began to wail loudly, and slumped his head down onto the desk of defense lawyer Mandy Sammurtok.

Sammurtok stroked the boy’s back in an attempt to comfort him, saying “I know you’re scared.”

The boy cried out four times. Teary-eyed, three of the boy’s family members sat in court clutching tissues. 

Speaking before Justice Robert Kilpatrick, Crown prosecutor Amy Porteous withdrew one charge against the boy, for a breach of an undertaking.

A police officer escorted the boy out of the courtroom after he spoke loudly to one of his relatives.

The youth’s matter is adjourned until Jan. 11 during the youth court docket.

Police invite anyone with information about the incident to contact the Igloolik RCMP detachment at (867) 934-0123.

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