No appeal in Kugluktuk youth’s manslaughter sentence

Public Prosecution Service says there are no grounds for appeal

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is no longer considering an appeal in the case of a minor who was convicted of manslaughter in Kugluktuk and sentenced to six months in prison. After reviewing the court’s decision, it was determined there were no grounds for appeal, said the PPSC in a media release Monday. (File photo)

By Madalyn Howitt

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada announced Monday it will not appeal the sentence in the case of a youth convicted of manslaughter in Kugluktuk. 

On Nov. 10, a young person was sentenced in the 2017 murder of Margaret Ogina, 46, in the case known as R. v. F. O. The Youth Criminal Justice Act prohibits the publication of any information that would identify the teen responsible for her death.

The accused, who was under 18 years of age at the time of the offence, was sentenced to six months in secure custody, six months of supervision in the community and given 12 months’ probation after she pleaded guilty to manslaughter. She had originally been charged with second-degree murder.

Community anger over the length of the sentencing led 130 people to sign an online petition demanding the young person be banned from the hamlet of Kugluktuk, which has a population of about 1,500 people. 

In a news release issued Monday, the PPSC, which is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases in Nunavut, announced that after reviewing the sentencing decision released by the Nunavut Court of Justice, it determined there were no grounds to appeal the sentence. 

“The sentence is not below the accepted range of sentences for a youth under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, which prioritizes rehabilitation and reintegration as primary factors of sentencing. As a result, the sentence will not be appealed,” PPSC’s release said. 

The PPSC reviews sentencing decisions to assess if there have been errors in principle, in law or if a sentence is unfit.

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