Deh Cho MLA pleads guilty to assault causing bodily harm

Deh Cho MLA pleads guilty to assault causing bodily harm
Deh Cho MLA Michael Nadli will undergo treatment through Domestic Violence Court.Photo courtesy of GNWT.

Deh Cho MLA Michael Nadli pleaded guilty last Thursday to assault causing bodily harm in relation to an incident that took place in his home community of Fort Providence in April.

Police were called for assistance at 3 p.m. on Apr. 5 after reports that an individual had been assaulted at a residence. The victim was transported to the health centre for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Nadli turned himself in to police a short time later.

The 50 year-old who has been MLA for the Deh Cho since 2011 was released on bail under a number of conditions, including living in Yellowknife instead of Fort Providence, having to obtain permission to travel to Fort Providence and to notify the RCMP when entering and leaving the community.

With his guilty plea, Nadli agreed to undergo sentencing via the Domestic Violence Treatment Option Court, a recently established alternative court that provides counselling and treatment for low-risk violent offenders before deciding on a sentence.

Though Nadli gave up his position as chair of the Standing Committee on Government Operations, he did attend legislature for three of the seven days of the final sitting of fifth session.

A conviction will not necessarily impact his position as an elected member of the legislative assembly.

Nadli’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 23.

This is the second time Nadli has pleaded guilty to assault. In 2004, he was sentenced to six months of probation for assaulting his spouse. Conditions on the sentence included checking in with a probation officer, going to counselling and doing 50 hours of community service.

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