An Iqaluit woman who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2009 death of her husband will be sentenced for the crime at the end of May.

For the past two days, Crown and defence lawyers have been presenting their sentencing submissions at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.

Eulalie Ussak spoke for the first time in court Wednesday during her sentencing hearing.

Kenneth MacFarlane's body was found in the remains of a burnt-out shack near their house.

Ussak, 53, told a judge at the Nunavut Court of Justice that while her husband was alive she felt like a slave and lived in fear he would hurt her.

The court heard how MacFarlane was verbally and physically abusive towards Ussak. Police were called to their residence many times but she didn't press charges for fear the violence would escalate.

Ussak told the court that when MacFarlane was drunk, he would grab her by the hair and demand she perform sexual acts in the shack behind their home.

In December 2009, he was drinking there. Ussak returned from a trip for work and wanted him to come inside.

There was an argument and Ussak says she threatened to burn down the shack.  

Ussak has already admitted to pouring the gasoline that fuelled the fire. She told police she wanted the shack gone to stop her husband from drinking and beating her up.

Ussak told the court she's sorry MacFarlane died, that she still loves him and forgives him for what he did to her.

She said she still has flashbacks and nightmares about the fire and has not returned to the house.

Ussak has been free on bail while waiting to be sentenced.  

The Crown is asking for two years less a day in custody. Crown prosecutor Leo Lane said Ussak saw the shack as competition for her husband's affection.

The defense wants a suspended sentence, with no time in custody.

There is no minimum sentence for manslaughter. The maximum sentence is life in prison.

Justice Sue Cooper will sentence Ussak on May 31.