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Court Briefs
Preliminary inquiry set for Dettah chief

Laura Busch
Northern News Services
Published Friday, December 16, 2011

Dettah Chief Ed Sangris is scheduled to make an appearance in court over sexual assault charges in February.

On Tuesday, the date for a preliminary inquiry was set for Feb. 23, to determine if there is enough evidence to go to trial.

Sangris did not appear in court Tuesday, but was represented by his lawyer, Stephen Shabala. Sangris has elected to go before a Supreme Court judge and jury if the case does go forward, Shabala told the court.

Sangris is charged with two counts of sexual assault from alleged incidents that occurred between Jan. 1, 1988 and Jan. 31, 1989, Crown attorney Blair MacPherson told Yellowknifer.

The inquiry is expected to last three hours.

RCMP officer not guilty of impaired driving

An NWT RCMP officer was found not guilty of impaired driving on Tuesday afternoon.

Chief Judge Robert D. Gorin ruled there was not sufficient evidence to prove Const. Trent Hayward was impaired when he was arrested while driving between Yellowknife and Behchoko on Nov. 13, 2010.

Robbery suspect held in custody

One of two men arrested after a cab driver was threatened at knife-point and another robbed two weekends ago appeared in court this week.

Brent Michael, 20, faces charges of robbery and disguising his face with intent to commit a crime as a result of the incident that took place in the early morning hours of Dec. 3.

Other charges against Michael, related to an incident on Nov. 3, and mischief charges stemming from an incident in August of this year, were also presented during a show cause hearing on Wednesday. Michael elected to stay in custody and reserved the right for a show cause hearing at a later date. He is scheduled to appear in court next on Jan. 10.

Sean Qitsualik, 26, of Yellowknife was also charged following the robbery and is to appear in court on Jan. 10.

Man appears in court over drowning death

A man charged following the 2010 drowning death of Colin Lafferty appeared in territorial court Tuesday.

Henry Basil, one of three people in a boat that capsized in Akaitcho Bay on Canada Day, is facing charges of impaired operation of a vessel and impaired operation of a vessel causing death. Both Basil and passenger Chris Burke were rescued, but Lafferty drowned while apparently trying to swim to shore.

The Crown elected to pursue the case as an indictable offence, which carries a harsher penalty than if they had chosen to pursue a summary offence. If found guilty of impaired operation of a vessel causing death, Basil could face up to 14 years in prison.

Basil is scheduled to be back in court on Jan. 17.

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