Man avoids jail time in assault on common-law partner

A 41-year-old man who assaulted his common-law partner in downtown Yellowknife was spared jail time in NWT territorial court Monday. Chief Judge Christine Gagnon handed down a sentence of 12 months probation after the man plead guilty to one count of assault related to a Nov. 12, 2017 incident in the city’s core. Yellowknifer isn’t...
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Brendan Burke
As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility to be there - day or night, rain or shine. When I’m not at court gathering stories, I’m in the office, making calls to lawyers, emailing RCMP and tracking down sources. After hours, I rely on the public to let me know what’s happening and where. Entering my second winter in Yellowknife since leaving my hometown of Peterborough, Ont., in October 2017, everyday on this beat continues to be challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. Got a story? Call me at (867) 766-8288 or shoot me an email at