Charlottetown woman sentenced to 8 months for stabbing

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Julie Lynn Gaudet, 24, has been sentenced to eight months in jail for stabbing a man she was in a relationship with.

A 34-year-old Charlottetown woman has been sentenced to eight months in the provincial correctional centre for stabbing a man at a Palmer's Lane residence last month.

The sentence was imposed last week in the case of Julie Lynn Gaudet.

Gaudet had originally been charged with aggravated assault but had been allowed to plead guilty to the lesser offence of assault with a weapon.

Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas subsequently reduced Gaudet's sentence to approximately six months in jail in recognition of time served on remand.

Upon completion of the custodial portion of her sentence Gaudet will spend the next two years on probation.

At the time the assault took place the accused and the victim were in a relationship.

They became embroiled in an argument over some Methadone belonging to the victim that was taken from his person while he was asleep.

That argument escalated to the point of violence. At some point Gaudet went to the kitchen, grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed the victim in the chest.  Fortunately for the victim the knife went in only a short distance and did not reach any vital organs.

He was kept in hospital only a short time before being released.

The probation order issued by the court did not contain a provision requiring the victim and the accused to refrain from contact with each other. No such order was requested by the victim.  

Gaudet had a lengthy, related and violent criminal record that included a conviction for assault just last year.

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  • k-as
    April 25, 2014 - 16:26

    ya sure ur right about the minimum and maximum thing, but it should be the min and max of a attempted murder cause stabbing someone in the chest and being to weak to make it thru to the heart doesnt mean its assault.

  • Dave Gilbert
    April 25, 2014 - 09:26

    WOW the comments i have been reading on here are completely and utterly ridiculous, since when did PEI become one big law firm? If any of you whiners knew 1 ounce about the law you would know that any and all sentences have a minimum time and a maximum time that can be imposed, and if the crown doe not agree that the sentence is fitting they can appeal the sentence to the supreme court for review. If any of you people out there complaining read anything regarding the law you would see that the judge handed down the proper sentence in the case. I know what the next thing will be about my comment and i will clarify right now that i have no connection with anyone involved in the case whatsoever and never have, and as for all the COWARDS that are whining and complaining everyday about judge rulings but DON'T HAVE THE GUTS to give their real names must have a connection with the parties involved or are scared that people who know them will discuss the matters with them so they don't give their names so they can remain ignorant to the legal facts, if you look on Google you can find sentencing ranges for the offences. Also when handing down sentence the judges everywhere have to consider mitigating circumstances as well, for example if highly respected member of your community was out one evening and had say 2 beers in a matter of 45 minutes and decided to drive home and on his way struck and killed someone would you expect him to be charged with first degree murder? short answer is NO even though it was completely premeditated as he knows it is illegal to drink and drive and in doing so knows the consequences and risks being taken as soon as he or she puts that bottle down and goes to their car and drives off thinking that it was only 2 beers and they barely blew over the limit. Instead they are charged with a form of manslaughter due to the circumstances. it is pretty funny to see people complain and whine and complain but hide behind fake names and not say anything to anyone to their faces, goes to show that the island will never move forward because of the close narrow minded people that will always be there that pass down their way of thinking from generation to generation. I would love to see you in the real world and by that i mean anywhere outside the maritimes where the cities have more population than the entire province of PEI, you would be scared to death and wish you were back inside your close minded ignorant bubble and not have to deal with or acknowledge that the world isn't all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows. Remember if wishes were horses we'd be up to our knees in crap

  • big joke
    April 25, 2014 - 06:57

    she'll be out in 6 weeks with good behavior.one fellow got 90 days up west and he serves weekends.he goes in saturday evenings and gets out monday morning at 6 and it's considered 3 days served.pei justice system is a joke

  • intobed
    April 24, 2014 - 22:33

    I wonder if counseling was offered to the male victim. Being stabbed in the chest would certainly be traumatizing. The fact that he did not seek a "stay away" order is often a sign of spousal abuse. He may be terrified of possible consequences, especially in view of the reputation of the judge in this case letting violent people go with minimal jail time.

  • Sside
    April 24, 2014 - 20:12

    She was charged with " assault with a weapon" not agravated assault...

    • law
      April 25, 2014 - 07:19

      the story says she was charged with aggravated assault, and entered a guilty plea to the lesser charge of assault with a weapon. Read the article... That's why she only got 8 months. They plea bargained the offence down. They probably should have charged with attempted murder and plea bargained down to aggravated assault, then the judge would have had leeway to impose a more suitable penalty. Then there might be less public outcry...

  • Stan Hope
    April 24, 2014 - 19:28

    Most of the time I strongly disagree with what Quiet Observer has to say , kinda reminds me of someone who enjoys the sound of their own voice ... however this time Q O is bang on. If ever there was a case of double standard , this is it!

  • Craig
    April 24, 2014 - 18:59

    She sounds like a winner! Drugs ,assault and violent crimes I think community service would get the point across ! Is she single now?

  • Female Observer
    April 24, 2014 - 18:14

    Although I do not know the ins and outs of this situation, I completely agree with other comments on this story. Would this have been the outcome if the tables were turned and the male had been the aggressor, in particular with a lengthy history of criminal activity? Absolutely not! Although I truly want to believe that both men and women are treated with equal justice, I just do not see that happening. I witnessed first hand how unfair the justice system is, in particular when it's 'male vs female', and yes I understand that judges have to deal with the same 'crap' over and over again, but that does not give them the right to be flippant with people's lives by not reviewing cases properly and siding with the female only because of her gender. Do they understand the severe, lifelong impacts they are imposing on the male victim and his family? Or should the man just 'suck it up' and deal with it?

  • confused
    April 24, 2014 - 16:42

    A Lady who attempts to murder someone gets 8 months and a gentleman who was charged with stealing from a company gets one year! Something is wrong here.

  • Bill Bradley
    April 24, 2014 - 16:18

    Well, I guess it's a good thing for her that he never died; otherwise she would have gotten at least a year. I guess mens' lives aren't worth as much as a woman's?? Maybe she'll get a stiffer sentence when she gets out in a couple months, they get back together, and she puts him in the ground the next time.

  • Tony
    April 24, 2014 - 15:16

    Cryin' time again I see the designated men's lobby is out in full force. How about sitting in a court room some day and see what judges have to deal with? I'll wager that everything isn't all black and all white.

    • intobed
      April 24, 2014 - 16:31

      So, stabbing a man in the chest is fine, as long as you have a good excuse? And a criminal history of violence doesn't matter? Maybe she was just having a bad day, and promised she wouldn't do it again? Your reasoning is flawed Tony. We men DO need a lobby, one that will protect male victims of spousal violence. Obviously Judge Douglas isn't it.

    • jen a.
      April 25, 2014 - 09:49

      Right on, Tony. This from stats can: "About half (49%) of all female murder victims in Canada are killed by a former or current intimate partner. In contrast, only 7% of male murder victims were killed by intimate partners. " Spousal abuse in general is a problem, but women remain the main targets.

  • GD it!
    April 24, 2014 - 14:29

    imagine what he would have got if the tables were turned. Premedated with a deadly weapon, lucky to have lived and she gets 8 months!

    • Quiet Observer
      April 24, 2014 - 14:45

      EXACTLY! This is for any equality today, we need the establishment of a "PEI Council on the Status of Men" to fight for equal rights in all situations for men and women. Right now, in issues like this, and issues of Family Law and treatment by the Maintenance Enforcement Program, men are discriminated against. Period.

  • CBC Go Public
    April 24, 2014 - 14:03

    This sentence is outrageous! 8 months for attempted murder!!!! Someone needs to investigate why PEI judges are allowed to give the slackest punishments for severe crimes in the entire country. Think about it...

    • law
      April 24, 2014 - 14:52

      she wasn't charged with "attempted murder", she was charged with "aggravated assault". There is a very huge difference in seriousness of those 2 offences, and thus, there is a very huge difference in penalty that is imposed.

  • voter
    April 24, 2014 - 13:14

    no big deal - she'll get him next year

  • intobed
    April 24, 2014 - 13:08

    "... a lengthy, related and violent criminal record that included a conviction for assault just last year." All she got was eight months for STABBING A MAN IN HIS CHEST? With a record like that? I demand an immediate investigation into Judge Douglas, and his sentencing history. Many complaints have been made in the past about him, but this case requires national attention and his removal from the bench.

    • Agree
      April 24, 2014 - 13:20

      I agree!!! Hard to believe he keeps getting away with his BULL CRAP sentencing...8 months for trying to kill a man and a mandatory one year for men that lure children with drugs and money for sexual favors....and they never serve the full time...sickens me.

  • Quiet Observer
    April 24, 2014 - 12:55

    Strange, I don't see people crying about domestic violence against men. Oh, that's right, it doesn't count if it is against men.

    • Wow
      April 24, 2014 - 14:45

      I completely agree with you!

  • Mickey Mouse Court house
    April 24, 2014 - 12:41

    What a joke, she should get 2 years or more

  • enough already
    April 24, 2014 - 11:32

    So and inch one way or the other and he is dead? What does it take to get federal time and hopefully some help for this woman?