Resolute Bay woman sentenced to two and a half years for death of abusive partner
Alicia Manik pleaded guilty to manslaughter after Pond Inlet stabbing, did not raise self-defence
A Resolute Bay woman has received a two-and-a-half-year jail sentence and three years of probation for fatally stabbing her boyfriend while he attacked her in his Pond Inlet home in 2018.
Taking into account her time already served in custody since her arrest, Alicia Manik has already completed her sentence for the manslaughter of Stephan Enoogoo.
Judge Bonnie Tulloch of the Nunavut Court of Justice said in her written sentence, dated Jan. 7, that the circumstances of Enoogoo’s death may have supported Manik pleading not guilty and making the case she acted in self-defence.
According to the agreed statement of facts, the stabbing occurred after Enoogoo repeatedly punched Manik in the head, threatened her with a knife and prevented her from leaving the house where the pair had been drinking.
But Manik chose from the beginning to plead guilty, which Tulloch took into account as a mitigating circumstance in her sentence.
“She has saved the witnesses, the community, and Stephan’s family from the difficult and painful experience of having to testify in court,” said Tulloch.
According to the judgment, on Nov. 8, 2018, a Pond Inlet man called the police after then-24-year-old Manik showed up at his house intoxicated, “frantically” requesting he call the police.
He said Manik was covered in blood, had large bumps on her head and was not wearing shoes or socks. Manik said she had stabbed Enoogoo because he was beating her up.
Police arrived and arrested her, initially charging her with aggravated assault.
Enoogoo was pronounced dead that night and Manik was re-arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
The victim’s father told the court that Manik and Enoogoo had been dating for about a month and had been living together because Manik was homeless.
Manik told police the two had been drinking and having a good time when he suddenly “snapped” and started punching her in the head. He also pinned her down, blocked her from leaving the house and threatened her with a knife, saying, “you want me to kill you now?”
She said she feared for her life when Enoogoo grabbed the knife.
Tulloch noted that Manik took full responsibility for Enoogoo’s death by pleading guilty, and that she has no previous criminal record.
“There is no doubt in my mind that Alicia is very sorry and remorseful for what happened that fateful night,” said Tulloch.
In a statement Dec. 8, Manik addressed Enoogoo’s family, saying her actions caused families to lose a brother, son and a friend, and that if it were not for her drinking, Enoogoo would be alive.
While incarcerated, Manik got support for her addiction and said her goal is to stop drinking and to stay out of trouble.
In sentencing, Tulloch also took into account Manik’s traumatic past. It includes multiple sexual assaults, including repeat incidents as a young child, and multiple abusive relationships.
Manik has also struggled with mental health issues that have not been properly addressed, Tulloch said. Manik told the court she has attempted suicide “too many times to count.”
Tulloch sentenced Manik to 900 days in jail and three years of probation.
Manik had already spent 678 days in jail at the time of sentencing and received 1.5 days of credit for each day served, meaning 1,017 days were considered served.
Her probation conditions include getting help for her alcoholism and drug addiction. She is also to attend counselling and get other mental health supports. A firearm prohibition was also imposed.
“You can never make up for what happened to Stephan at your hand, but you can keep his memory alive to act as a very strong incentive to change,” Tulloch told Manik.
An earlier version of this story included incorrect information. Alicia Malik is from Resolute Bay, not Pond Inlet.