Jury finds Quebec man guilty of second-degree murder in death of Inuk woman

MONTREAL — The conviction of a Quebec man found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2015 death of his Inuk girlfriend sends a message to the Indigenous community that the justice system hasn’t forgotten them, the prosecutor in the case said Wednesday.

Nellie Angutiguluk, an Inuk mother of three, was found dead in an apartment she shared with Kwasi Benjamin.

Crown attorney Dennis Galiatsatos argued during the trial in a Montreal courtroom that Benjamin strangled the 29-year-old after an argument.

Galiatsatos said the jury was convinced by the forensic evidence in the case and rejected the defence’s theory that Angutiguluk’s death was a suicide.

“The verdict provides me with some relief because I know, and it has been voiced a lot in the last month, that many Aboriginal communities feel either abandoned or forgotten by the justice system and I certainly hope this verdict gives them hope,” he said.

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