Winnipeg police charge two women in Arviat man’s death

Body of deceased man John Oohoonni Kirkwa, 33, found in trash bin

Police tape blocks off a back lane behind Lansdowne Ave. in Winnipeg on March 26 as the Winnipeg Police Service investigated the circumstances of the death of a man from Nunavut. (Screen shot)

By Nunatsiaq News

Two women in their 40s face second-degree murder charges in connection with the death of a 33-year-old Arviat man, say the Winnipeg Police Service.

On Wednesday, March 25, at about 7:40 p.m., patrol units responded to a report of “suspicious circumstances” outside a residence located in the 200 block of Lansdowne Ave., the Winnipeg police said today in a news release.

“A homeowner had located what appeared to be a body in a trash bin in the back lane,” police said. “Responding officers confirmed the discovery of a deceased adult male.”

Police have identified him as John Oohoonni Kirkwa, 33, of Arviat.

Late on Thursday, March 26, detectives from the force’s homicide unit arrested two women, Roberta Ann Jessamine, 48, and Selena Dawn Cross, 46, police said.

The two women have both been charged with second-degree murder.

Convictions for second-degree murder carry a mandatory penalty of life imprisonment with a minimum parole ineligibility period of 10 years.

The two women remain in custody, police said.

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