A 19-year-old man is facing a charge of aggravated assault following an incident in Pangnirtung on the evening of May 8 when a fellow prisoner was attacked and seriously injured in an RCMP jail cell.

The 54-year-old victim was transported to the health centre in Pangnirtung and later medevaced to Iqaluit for further treatment. He’s in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery, according to police.

William Lawson was charged and has been released with conditions following an appearance before a justice of the peace. Lawson is due back in court on Aug. 17.



Derek Neary

Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...