Charges laid in Cape Dorset power plant stabbing
Man and woman face 6 charges each in attack on Qulliq worker
A man and a woman each face six criminal charges in connection with the stabbing of a Qulliq Energy employee in Cape Dorset on Tuesday.
"Two persons, a male and a female, went to the Nunavut Power Corporation local power plant and attacked the worker that was inside," said RCMP Supt. Hilton Smee.
RCMP said the worker's injuries were serious but non-life threatening. He was medevaced to Iqaluit.
Kooyoo Peter, 46, is charged with aggravated assault, two counts of possessing a weapon -- in this case a hammer and a knife, breaking into a shack to steal a firearm, and possession of property obtained by crime.
He's being held in cells in Cape Dorset and will be moved to Baffin Correctional Centre soon. Peter is due in court on Feb. 5.
The co-accused, Kumaarjuk Pii, 51, faces exactly the same charges. She has been released from custody in Cape Dorset and has been ordered to attend court there on Feb. 4.
Officials with Qulliq Energy said power to the accused's home had been partially cut off using a load limiter, because of non-payment of power bills.
In a statement, Qulliq Energy said limiting power to customers is a last resort, and only occurs when the customer has not set up a payment plan or contacted the utility.
The statement said the decision to install a load limiter, or cut off power in the warm months, is not made by local employees of the company.
Peter has had previous run-ins with the law. He has a criminal record which includes convictions for assault.