Charges dropped against N.W.T. beating suspect

The prosecutor has dropped charges against a Fort McPherson, N.W.T., man who was once suspected of the brutal assault of a 50-year-old woman in her home.

Same man to be tried in connnection with two earlier assaults

The prosecutor has dropped an aggravated assault charge against a 22-year-old Fort McPherson, N.W.T., man once suspected of brutally beating a woman in her own home.

A senior crown prosecutor said that, after carefully reviewing the case against William Vaneltsi, the crown concluded there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.

Marc Lecorre said no one else has been charged in connection with the attack, which left the 50-year-old woman so injured she had to be medevaced to hospital in Yellowknife for treatment.

On Nov. 7 Vaneltsi is to be sentenced in Fort McPherson for unlawful possession of a break-in instrument police found him with the same night the woman was beaten.

He is also scheduled to be tried for two earlier assaults of which he's accused. Last February Vaneltsi was charged with assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm in connection with an attack with a tire iron.

Three months later, he was arrested after a woman was assaulted with a two-by-four. Vaneltsi was charged with assault and assault with a weapon, then released.