Iqaluit woman accused of armed robbery appears in court
Kassandra Appik, 22, also charged with sexually assaulting two minors
A young Iqaluit woman who faces 10 criminal charges, including allegations of sexual assault against two minors and an armed, masked robbery, appeared at the Nunavut Court of Justice last week.
Kassandra Appik, 22, appeared before Justice Sue Charlesworth in an Iqaluit courtroom on May 7, wearing a black tank top with spaghetti straps and her hair pulled back in a ponytail.
Appik’s charges stem from incidents alleged to have taken place over three dates during the last seven months.
Last October, police allege Appik conspired and then committed an armed robbery with a firearm while wearing a mask, according to court documents. On the same date, police allege Appik committed sexual interference by engaging sexually with someone under the age of 16.
The identity of the minor is protected by a publication ban under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. But the initials of the alleged sex victim and of the co-conspirator in the robbery, who was also a minor, are the same.
Later that same month, police allege Appik committed sexual interference against another individual under 16 and broke her probation orders.
In April, police allege Appik committed an assault while threatening to use a knife. Police seized the handle of a knife when they arrested Appik, according to court documents.
When police arrested Appik in April, there was already a warrant out for her arrest because she did not appear at her last court date, Charlesworth heard on May 7.
During her 10-minute appearance, Appik sat in an office chair beside her lawyer. At one point, Appik slouched, rolled her head back and stared at the ceiling.
Charlesworth scheduled Appik to appear in court next on June 4 at 1:30 p.m. A trial date for Appik has not yet been set.
Thomas Rohner is a freelance investigative reporter based in Iqaluit, where he has lived for the past five years. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @thomas_rohner.