Charlottetown woman accused in stabbing tries to plead guilty to lesser offence

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Julie Lynn Gaudet tries to plead guilty to assault with a weapon but plea rejected by Crown

Const. Markham Long of Charlottetown Police Services escorts 34-year-old Julie Lynn Gaudet into provincial court in this March 5 file photo

A 34-year-old Charlottetown woman charged with aggravated assault in connection with a stabbing incident last week on Palmers Lane appeared briefly in provincial court Thursday.

Julie Lynn Gaudet, speaking through her defence counsel, sought to enter a plea of not guilty to the aggravated assault charge.

She offered instead to plead guilty to the lesser but included offence of assault with a weapon.

Crown Counsel John McMillan said  he was not prepared to accept that offer at this time.

In addition to aggravated assault Gaudet is also charged with breaching a probation order by violating the most basic condition of probation, that she keep the peace and be of good behaviour.

No plea has been accepted on that charge yet.

Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas has adjourned the case now to March 28.

A show cause hearing will be held for Gaudet Friday morning.

Show cause hearings are held to determine whether an accused person should be remanded in custody pending trial or released upon agreeing to comply with a set of conditions imposed by the court.

Gaudet was charged after an incident in which she is alleged to have stabbed a man in the chest.

The accused and the victim of the stabbing, a 34-year-old man, were known to each other.

He was taken to hospital with what police described at the time as serious injuries but was released from hospital a couple of days later.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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