Fifty-one days for drunken trip
Man charged in frying pan attack had second chance

by P.J. Harston
Northern News Services

NNSL (Feb 07/97) - A man who was released from custody after being charged in connection with a Cambridge Bay frying pan attack has been convicted of breaking conditions of his release after being arrested at a drinking party in Yellowknife.

Territorial court judge Michel Bourassa sentenced Sammy James Angohiatok, 39, to 30 days in jail for failing to appear in court and a further 21 days for not complying with the condition of an undertaking.

"Obviously the (justice of the peace in Cambridge Bay) was bending over backwards for you ... but even that didn't have an effect," said Bourassa, Tuesday morning.

Court heard that following Angohiatok's arrest in Cambridge Bay earlier this year in connection with an assault with a weapon, he was released from police custody by a justice of the peace.

The justice ordered Angohiatok to abstain from alcohol absolutely.

However, that release condition was later amended to allow Angohiatok to consume alcohol, but only within the confines of his own home.

"There was a concern that he was being set up for a breach (of undertaking)," said Crown lawyer Sandra Aitken.

She told court Angohiatok failed to show up for a court appearance in Cambridge Bay on January 8.

RCMP arrested him while breaking up a noisy drinking party in a Yellowknife residence, Jan. 25.

Defence lawyer Joan Mercredi told court Angohiatok had an admitted alcohol problem and had no money with which to pay a fine.

Angohiatok is scheduled to be tried late next month in Cambridge Bay in connection with the frying pan assault.