Donald Gamble died from stab wound, pathologist testifies

Forensic pathologist Dr. Charles Littman told an Iqaluit court Tuesday the wound that killed Donald Gamble of Rankin Inlet was caused by single-edged blade.

Donald Gamble of Rankin Inlet died from a stab wound to the abdomen, a forensic pathologist told an Iqaluit court Tuesday.

Colin Makpah has pleaded not guilty to a charge of manslaughter in Gamble's death in August 2010.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Charles Littman told the court the fatal wound was caused by single edged blade that penetrated Gamble's small intestine. Littman also said Gamble had other injuries, including another wound to his abdomen and two in his chest. 

Gamble was likely facing his assailant, Littman said.

The court also heard from Dr. Miles Schuman who was on duty at the Rankin Inlet Health Centre in the early morning hours of Aug. 14, 2010. 

Schuman said he remembers Gamble telling his father he suddenly couldn't breathe while medical staff were treating him. After that, Schuman said Gamble "faded away rapidly" and died in his father's arms. Gamble's official time of death was 5:17 a.m. 

Gamble's parents and other family members have been present throughout the trial. They were visibly upset as the medical professionals testified.

The trial continues Thursday with three more Crown witnesses expected to be called including several RCMP officers.