Australian to be re-tried for death of N.W.T. woman
Alana Dakin was stabbed to death in 2007
A man accused of killing a woman from the Northwest Territories is being re-tried for her slaying in Australia.
Alana Dakin was born in Inuvik, N.W.T., and lived in a number of northern communities, including Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., before moving with her family to Australia as a teenager.
The 33-year-old woman was stabbed to death in 2007.
Her domestic partner, Anthony Evans, is facing his third trial in relation to her death.
In the first two trials, Evans, who has admitted to killing Dakin, was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. But both convictions were thrown out through appeals.
The third trial focuses on whether Evans was legally sane at the time of the killing.
The case has garnered a large amount of attention in Australia. A documentary film crew was allowed in the court room during the trial — a first for the Australian legal system.
Dakin’s family says the couple had a history of domestic violence and they allowed the cameras to help call attention to the issue.
The trial resumes in Perth, Australia, on Tuesday and a verdict is expected sometime next month.