Yellowknife man pleads guilty in fatal house party beating

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A Yellowknife man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of an Ottawa man fatally beaten at a house party in 2013.

Roman Bourque, 24, entered his plea in a Yellowknife courthouse Monday.

In an agreed statement of facts, Bourque was among more than 100 people attending a party on Loutitt Drive in Yellowknife’s Range Lake area back on August 24, 2013.

At the party, he got into an argument with Emerson Curran, a 20-year-old Ottawa man who was working in Yellowknife for the summer.

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When the argument became physical, Bourque punched Curran several times, knocking him unconscious. He then continued punching him while he lay unconscious.

Curran was medevaced to Edmonton but did not survive.

According to a post-mortem exam, Curran died from bleeding in his brain after his head slammed into the edge of a piano during the altercation.

No date has been set for Bourque’s sentencing.

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