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Man on rampage bites security guard

Andrew Raven
Northern News Services

Yellowknife (July 06/05) - A 22-year-old man who bit a security guard and tried to jump off the second floor of a parking garage was sentenced to two months behind bars, June 28.

George Anaktak pleaded guilty to three charges during an afternoon court appearance including assault, breach of undertaking and failure to appear in court.

The assault charge stemmed from an alcohol-induced skirmish at the Centre Square Mall in January 2004.

A drunken Anaktak crawled inside a car parked on the second storey of the garage, which is attached to the downtown mall.

The car owner called security to remove Anaktak - who had vomited in the vehicle - Crown attorney Sandra Aitken told the court.

Seven-metre drop

When a security guard rousted Anaktak from the vehicle, he ran towards a railing that overlooked a seven-metre drop to the street below.

Anaktak appeared ready to jump before he was grabbed by the security guard, Aitken said.

While being escorted from the mall, Anaktak spat on the security and threatened to kill him. He later punched the guard twice in the head and bit him three times, although the bites did not draw blood.

"(The guard) was probably trying to help you that day," said territorial court judge Bernadette Schmaltz. "That kind of behaviour will not be tolerated."

Defence lawyer Margot Engley called Anaktak "not the most sophisticated of clients" and the 22-year-old had difficulty understanding what was happening in court.

Anaktak had a long criminal record that included several entries for violating court orders, Aitken said.

During his previous legal appearances in Kugluktuk, Nunavut, police would give him a ride to the courthouse.

Rude awakening

"You are going to get a rude awakening," said Schmaltz.

The judge sentenced Anaktak to two months in jail for the assault and three months for breaching an undertaking and skipping court.

The last two sentences are concurrent and will run at the same time as the assault sentence.