Judge hands down judgment in Geetah second degree murder trial
Elee Geetah was found guilty of manslaughter earlier this year
A Nunavut judge has handed down his judgment that found Elee Geetah of Cape Dorset guilty of manslaughter in the death of his 23-year old brother, Jamesie Simigak.
Geetah was charged with second-degree murder in the death in October 2010. His judge-alone trial was held in December.
Geetah was 19 at the time of the incident in their home in Cape Dorset.
The brothers were at home on a Sunday afternoon with their four younger siblings and an uncle. Following a disagreement with his brother over an iPod Touch and then a fight when Geetah tried to leave the house, Geetah retrieved an unsecured shotgun from the laundry room, loaded it and fired, killing Simigak instantly.
After he was disarmed by his uncle, Geetah begged the man to kill him.
As everyone fled the house, Geetah went to an upstairs window and began firing shots into the street with a high-powered rifle, killing an RCMP officer's dog, and firing a shot into an RCMP officer's house.
He was arrested after a three-and-a-half-hour standoff with police.
In his written decision, Justice Neil Sharkey writes that Geetah's behaviour was more consistent with a suicide attempt that went wrong. He noted alcohol was not a factor in the incident as everyone involved was sober.
He also noted Geetah had had suicidal thoughts for months following the suicide of a friend.
He says Geetah's persistence in his position that he did not intend to shoot his brother was unshaken in court despite a rigorous cross examination by the Crown.
Still, Sharkey wrote Geetah had "done a great wrong" and was guilty of causing death with a firearm.
Geetah's sentencing for manslaughter will likely happen in Cape Dorset in the fall.