Nunavut woman pleads guilty to manslaughter in stabbing death of her mother
Lennese Kublu was originally charged with second-degree murder
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An Inuk woman originally charged with the second-degree murder of her mother has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Lennese Kublu was accused in the January 2019 stabbing death of Susan Kuplu-Irqittuq, in the family’s Ottawa home.
Ottawa’s Crown attorney’s office confirmed that Kublu pleaded guilty to the lesser charge at a Jan. 29 plea hearing. Kublu has now been released on bail.
Kublu was 18 when Ottawa police charged her and her then-boyfriend Dwight Brown with the murder of Kuplu-Irqittuq, who was 37. The family is originally from Igloolik.
Kuplu-Irqittuq went missing on or around Jan. 10, 2019, the night police believe she was murdered in her Ottawa townhouse.
An agreed statement of facts filed at the Jan. 29 hearing describes that evening: Kublu, Kuplu-Irqittuq and Brown were drinking alcohol together in the kitchen, when Kublu got into a physical dispute with her mother.
During the altercation, Brown gave Kublu a knife which she used to repeatedly stab her mother. An autopsy later found seven stab wounds on Kuplu-Irqittuq’s body, including one to her right lung which was likely responsible for her death, the statement said.
Brown and Kublu then moved the woman’s body to a nearby dumpster, according to the agreed statement of facts. Kuplu-Irqittuq’s body wasn’t found until more than a month later in an Ottawa landfill.
The couple was arrested in Toronto a few days later. Kublu later provided police with a four-page written confession.
Brown, who was originally charged with second-degree murder, also pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Nunatsiaq News could not reach Kublu’s lawyer Diane Condo for comment.