A Kugaaruk, Nunavut, man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his wife in the community in 2008.

Justice Earl Johnson issued a written decision at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit on Friday.

Bruce Kayaitok admits he assaulted his wife. He stabbed her twice in the abdomen with a broken mop handle.

Belinda Tootiak, who was 30, bled to death. Their two sons — then ages 3 and 5 — were home at the time.

At his April trial, Kayaitok said he was guilty of manslaughter, not second-degree murder.

The date for Kayaitok's sentencing hearing will be set on Monday. It will be in Kugaaruk.


  • This story has been updated to correct the name of the victim.
    Feb 16, 2017 4:21 PM CT