Tsiigehtchic man found not guilty of manslaughter in 2016 death of his son

Tsiigehtchic photo courtesy of GNWT

A judge has found a Tsiigehtchic man not guilty in the death of his son.

Supreme Court Judge Andrew Mahar acquitted 57-year-old Wayne McDonald on a manslaughter charge Monday in Inuvik.

McDonald, who was not in custody during his trial last week, was charged in connection with the April, 2016 asphyxiation death of 28-year-old Gary McDonald.

Crown prosecutor Alex Godfrey called it a tragic case made even more traumatic due to the emotional testimony from Nellie McDonald, Gary’s mother and Wayne’s wife.

She described the night Gary died recalling that he and his dad had been in a physical altercation at their home.

But Godfrey adds that the family members who were in the courtroom for the decision appeared relieved and he hopes that they can now move forward and try to put this horrific family tragedy behind them.

Godfrey adds that Wayne McDonald had been freed from custody under court conditions about two months after he was charged.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.