A Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, man has been convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

The trial of Allistair Nakashook, 25, for the murder of Desery Panaktak was held in the community last week. Before it was completed, Nakashook pleaded guilty to killing 19-year-old Panaktak in February 2011.

The court heard that on February 6, 2011, Nakashook and Panaktak were drinking heavily. The common-law couple had been in an on-and-off relationship for about three years and had a two-year-old son.

After a night of partying, between 9 and 10 a.m., Nakashook assaulted Panaktak in their bedroom multiple times. He then strangled her and stabbed her six times in the neck with a steak knife.   Nakashook tried to clean up the blood and left the house.

He continued to drink.

During the afternoon he phoned and visited various relatives telling them he had harmed Panaktak. One of his relatives called the police.   Nakashook returned to his house. He had a knife and was threatening to kill himself.

It took two hours for police to disarm Nakashook.   Police found Panaktak's body in the bed covered with a blanket, in a pool of blood and cold to the touch.   Nakashook said he has little memory of the events.

Justice Sue Cooper sentenced him to life in prison without eligibility for parole for 10-and-a-half years.