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Newly Engaged Couple Go Down for North End Murder

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Nikina Houle (Facebook)

Members of the Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit have laid charges in connection with a recent North End murder.

On February 6, 2016 at approximately 5:00 am, emergency services personnel were dispatched to an assault in progress at a residence in the 500 block of Stella Ave.

On arrival, a woman was located nearby suffering from serious injuries suffered in an apparent assault. The woman was transported to hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced deceased.

Police identified the victim as Mavis Ducharme (39) of Winnipeg.

Ducharme is reported to be a mother and grandmother who hailed from Grand Rapids, Manitoba.

On February 8, 2016, Police issued a press release indicating the following two (2) suspects have been arrested and charged in connection with the killing;

  • Kashtin Flett (23) of Winnipeg has been charged with 2nd degree murder and break, enter & commit assault due to his alleged involvement.
  • Nikina Houle (23) of Winnipeg has been charged with Manslaughter and break, enter & commit assault due to her alleged involvement.

Police indicate the investigation revealed the two suspects attended the victim’s home and forced their way into her residence.  Once inside, the couple assaulted Ducharme and an adult male.  Ducharme was able to make her way to a nearby residence but was pursued by the suspects who caught her and continued the attack.

Ducharme died from her injuries.

Police have not released information regarding her cause of death and did not provide information regarding injuries sustained by the adult male.

Ducharme is the 3rd reported victim of homicide in Winnipeg this year.

Last year, the 3rd murder of the year occurred on February 15, 2015.

INSIDER COMMENTARY:

The murder of Mavis Ducharme has striking similarities to the January 12, 2016 killing of Cynthia Marie French (23) who was bludgeoned in a violent home invasion attack launched by sisters Candice Nepinak (31) and Vanessa Nepinak (25).

French also fled from her residence only to be pursued by her killers, caught and attacked once more.

A search of Flett’s Facebook account shows a February 4th posting announcing his engagement to Nikina Houle.

Kashtin Flett (Facebook)
Kashtin Flett (Facebook)

A search of Houle’s account shows a posting dated February 3rd in which she threatens to have Flett “slap out” women she refers to as “you whores.”

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It appears that Mavis Ducharme is listed as a “friend” in Houle’s Facebook account.

Prior to the arrests WPS Spokesperson Constable Jason Michalyshyn indicated the incident involved, “people known to each other.”

While the motive for the killing is not clear, Police spokesperson Constable Eric Hofley indicated, “I can acknowledge that the incident was drug related.”

All three (3) homicides reported in Winnipeg this year have been solved.

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3 Comments

  1. I hope they get a beating

  2. Mateo;

    The recent findings of the RCMP National Review report have been aggressively challenged recently, in particular, the assertion Indigenous men are responsible for the majority of killings of Indigenous women.

    How does the saying go, “Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.”

    In 2014, seven (7) Indigenous women were victims of homicide in Winnipeg. In the six (6) cases that were solved – 4 Indigenous men, 1 Indigenous woman and 1 non-Indigenous man were charged. The killers in all cases were known to the victims.

    In 2015, three (3) Indigenous women were victim’s of homicide in Winnipeg. All three (3) cases were solved and Indigenous males were charged in all three (3) killings. The killers in all cases were known to the victims.

    In 2016, two (2) Indigenous women and one (1) Indigenous man have been victims of homicide in Winnipeg. All three cases have been solved and three (3) Indigenous women and two (2) Indigenous men stand charged in the killings. The killers in all cases were known to the victims.

    The RCMP report indicated up to 90% of Indigenous female victims of homicide knew their killers. Domestic or family violence was identified as a major contributing factor.

    Amazingly, Politicians and Indigenous Leaders continue to try and sell the notion some mysterious “phenomena” is occurring.

    The National Inquiry for #mmiw was sold on that misrepresentation.

    I think most people want change for Indigenous people in this Country, a safer more peaceful existence, more options, opportunity, inclusion and less overrepresentation in criminal justice, child welfare, corrections, unemployment etc…

    Its just too bad we can’t have a real conversation about it.

    Thank you for your comments.

  3. These types of scenarios play out all too often, albeit with varying details. This type of thing dispels the ongoing theory of a mysterious, unknown phenomenon which is at the root of missing and murdered indigenous women. The quick arrest will surely be swept under the rug also to further a false narrative that police have a secret agenda. Meanwhile, taxpayers will foot the bill for a redundant and wasteful inquiry.

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