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The Granddaughters of the Drum, a women’s drumming group from Hay River, perform a song during the NWT Cree Language Program’s songwriting workshop on the weekend. The workshop, led by musician Veronica Johnny, combined language learning with music and was held Friday and Saturday in Hay River.Photo: Carla Ulrich.

News briefs: Yellowknife resident faces multiple charges after B&E, sexual assault, RCMP cotninue investigation into December homicide, and Hay River man admits to killing mother in murder trial.

Yellowknife resident faces multiple charges after B&E, sexual assault

Yellowknife RCMP have laid multiple charges against Bobby Robert Zoe, 34, who was charged with breaking and entering, sexual assault and failing to comply with a probation order after an incident that occurred early in the morning on Feb. 1. Police arrived at the home and were told the occupants had been awakened by a male in their bedroom. Zoe was soon located nearby and arrested. He is being held by police and will appear in court Feb. 24.

RCMP continue investigation into December homicide

The NWT RCMP Major Crimes Unit is continuing its investigation into the death of one male and the serious injury of another from December 2014. The investigation is described by Yellowknife RCMP as “complex” as forensic investigators continue to review evidence. The investigators state there is a possibility of involvement by a third party, though there is no indication of a direct threat to public safety at this time. No other details have been released at this time.

Hay River man admits to killing mother in murder trial

A Hay River resident has pleaded guilty to the 2012 murder of his mother. Richard Deleeuw, who faces a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Linda Lafferty, admitted to the crime after an agreed statement of facts was read in court on Feb. 17. Alberta forensic psychiatrist Dr. Lenka Zedkova interviewed Deleeuw shortly after the incident and gave testimony that he likely suffers from schizophrenia, meaning he may not be criminally responsible for the death because of mental illness.

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