MLA suspended after jail sentence for assault

MLA suspended after jail sentence for assault
DehCho MLA Michael Nadli was sentenced to 45 days for assault.File photo.

Sitting MLA Michael Nadli has been sentenced to 45 days in jail. Before being charged with assault causing bodily harm in April, the Deh Cho MLA had indicated he intended to run for re-election.

He pleaded guilty to the charge in June, the second time he had been convicted for assault. In 2004 he was sentenced to six months’ probation for assaulting his spouse.

The court heard Nadli left his family home in Fort Providence to attend church, leaving his wife with one of his sons. The son phoned Nadli to tell him his wife was talking on the phone with another man. When Nadli returned, he dumped out her beer and demanded she leave. When she did not, he slapped her and tried to pull her out of the house by the arm.

Doctors later determined her wrist had been broken.

Nadli, the former Grand Chief of the Dehcho First Nations, did not respond to a message sent to his government email address.

Communications director for cabinet Andrew Livingstone said in an email it would be inappropriate for the premier or any cabinet minister to comment on the case. The clerk of the GNWT legislature, Tim Mercer, issued a press release Oct. 15 stating Nadli had been automatically disqualified from sitting or acting as an MLA, and was no longer eligible for any benefits or pay.

“Although the seat is not formally declared vacant until the time for Mr. Nadli’s right of appeal has expired, or any appeal has been decided, vacancy will nonetheless occur on October 25, 2015 as a result of the dissolution of the 17th Legislative Assembly and the calling of a general election on Oct. 26,” Mercer wrote. “A by-election is not necessary and the Legislative Assembly is not required to reconvene to address this matter.”

Prisoner rushed from Fort Smith cell block

The scream of an ambulance’s siren pierced the early evening in Fort Smith Friday Oct. 16 as a prisoner was rushed from the RCMP detachment’s cell block.

Officers found the elderly male prisoner in medical distress shortly after 6 p.m. and summoned EMS, who transported him to the local health centre. He was later brought by medevac to Edmonton for further treatment. The brass at G Division headquarters in Yellowknife has brought in an outside police service to investigate the circumstances.

The prisoner’s family has been notified.

Deadly rollover near Behchoko

One person was killed and two others injured after a vehicle rolled over on Highway 3 between Fort Providence and Behchoko, according to the RCMP.
A motorist came across the crash at kilometre 114 near Chan Lake just before 10 a.m. on Oct. 16. Police are still investigating; they believe slippery road conditions may have been a factor.

RCMP find generator

Yellowknife RCMP are keeping a DeWalt generator safe until its owner appears.

A resident found the generator in a wooded area on 52nd street and reported it to police. Any person who believes it may be theirs is asked to contact Yellowknife RCMP at 867-669-5200. Be prepared to provide a description. Anyone calling to verify ownership may be asked to provide a serial number.

Liquor seized in dry community

A 45-year-old Paulatuk man faces prohibition charges after liquor was discovered at the airport.

Police located and seized three 1.77-litre bottles of vodka, one 1.18 L bottle of whiskey and one 200 ml bottle of whiskey. Restrictions on the possession of alcohol have been in effect in Paulatuk since 2008. Any person convicted of breaking the rules is liable to a fine or jail.

Anyone who has information regarding this investigation, or any other crime can contact the Paulatuk RCMP at 867- 580- 1111, or report anonymously through CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477, nwtnutips.com or texting: nwtnutips to 274637.

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