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Attempted murder charge dropped

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Tommy Nuvaqiq, the Pangnirtung man charged in connection with a brutal attack that left a Nova Scotia woman badly injured two summers ago, will not face an attempted murder charge when he goes to trial.

The charge was dropped during a preliminary inquiry on Tuesday after Justice Beverly Browne concluded there was no evidence to support it.

Nuvaqiq, 25, still faces charges of aggravated sexual assault and break and enter with the intent to commit an indictable offence. He has chosen a jury trial in Pangnirtung.

He’s charged in connection with an attack on a social work student originally from New Waterford, Nova Scotia.

The woman, 31 years old at the time, was working in Pangnirtung during the summer of 2005 for Northern Properties, to find tenants for unoccupied housing units. She was living inside one of the units at the time of the attack.

Around 5 a.m. on June 20, she was dragged from her bed, raped and severely beaten, leaving her with a broken jaw and serious head injuries.

Near death, she crawled to her neighbour’s porch, where they found her covered with blood and unconscious.

She was medevaced to an Ottawa hospital where she arrived in critical condition. Several days later she returned to her family and fiancé in Nova Scotia. She required months of speech therapy because of her injuries.

Nuvaqiq appears in court next on Feb. 8.

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