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Court sentences Arviat man for killing girlfriend

Sam Kinak, 40, gets 14-year sentence

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated Sept. 30, 2:45 p.m.)

Justice Neil Sharkey of the Nunavut Court of Justice sentenced Sam Kinak of Arviat to 14 years in prison Sept. 30 for killing his girlfriend in 2008.

Kinak, 37, at the time, was charged with manslaughter after an early morning incident on Sept. 22, 2008, in which Lisa Malla, 23, was found dead at her Arviat home, where the two people lived together as a couple.

After a trial by judge and jury that started Sept. 22, Kinak was found guilty Sept. 29, when the matter was put over to the following day for sentencing.

Manslaughter is a lesser serious form of homicide than murder, and usually covers cases where the accused did not, or could not, form the intent to kill before committing the crime.

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