Fort Good Hope man pleads guilty to aggravated assault in axe attack on two people last September

Yellowknife Courthouse (CKLB File photo).

A Fort Good Hope man has abandoned his right to a trial and has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault after an attack on two people in the Sahtu community last September.

Christopher Shae, 49, appeared in Supreme Court in Yellowknife Monday where he re-elected to be sentenced by judge alone after initially wanting a judge and jury trial.

He was charged after a man and a woman were seriously wounded in an attack on September 15.

Community members tell CKLB that they were attacked with an axe.

RCMP stated at the time that they received multiple reports of an assault at a local residence.

The victims were initially transported to the local medical clinic, and were then medevaced to Yellowknife with serious injuries before being taken to Edmonton for further treatment.

CKLB is not using the identities of the victims.

Police also said at the time that two nearby snowmobiles had been set on fire.

They added that two axes were also discovered in the yard beside the residence where the man and woman were found.

Shae, who remains in custody, is to return to court on September 19 for sentencing.

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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.