Gjoa Haven man charged with murder makes court appearance

Nathaniel Anaittuq, 34, accused of killing Samantha Ihakkaq, 33

A Gjoa Haven man charged with second-degree murder appeared by telephone at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit Oct. 29. (File photo)

By Thomas Rohner
Special to Nunatsiaq News

A Gjoa Haven man accused of second-degree murder made a brief appearance by telephone at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit on Oct. 29.

Police charged Nathaniel Anaittuq, 34, on Aug. 14 in connection with the death of Samantha Ihakkaq, 33, according to documents at the courthouse. Police allege Anaittuq killed Ihakkaq on Aug. 13 in their Kitikmeot community.

Anaittuq was not allowed to have any contact with the victim at the time of the alleged incident, according to the court record.

Anaittuq first appeared in court by phone from custody in Gjoa Haven on Aug. 14. At that time, a judge placed an order forbidding Anaittuq from contacting his four children.

Anaittuq did not speak during his brief appearance on Oct. 29.

Lawyer Sally Paddock, appearing on the phone from Gjoa Haven on behalf of Anaittuq’s lawyer Patrick Bruce, asked the court for an adjournment in the case in order to review material from prosecutors.

Justice Earl Johnson scheduled Anaittuq’s case to be addressed again on Nov. 26.

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