Woman jailed for assaulting boyfriend, his daughter with bear spray

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Prince Edward Island provincial court

A 32-year-old Charlottetown woman who sprayed her former boyfriend and his teenage daughter with bear spray was sentenced Wednesday in provincial court to four months in the provincial correctional centre.

The sentence, which was subsequently reduced by 25 days in recognition of time served on remand, was imposed in the case of Christa Dawn Ellis.

Upon release from custody, Ellis will spend two years on probation. While on probation she is to have no contact whatsoever with either of the victims.

She must also undergo assessment, counselling and treatment, if required, for the use of alcohol and/or drugs or any other underlying issue that may have contributed to the commission of this offence.

Ellis must also provide a sample of her DNA for the national DNA databank.

Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr also imposed a weapons prohibition.

The court was told Ellis approached the victim’s vehicle with a can of bear spray in her hand and sprayed the can’s contents into the vehicle through an open window.

The chemicals in the bear spray caused both victims to experience a burning sensation and red, watery eyes, as well as a build-up of phlegm in their throats.

Ellis fled the scene in a vehicle but her actions were caught on a video surveillance camera.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • hmmm
    May 22, 2014 - 14:04

    Hey there Beth below me... Aren't you a contradictory negitivity

  • beth
    May 22, 2014 - 13:16

    Why no mention or charges of 'domestic violence'? Where are the usual people who loudly protest intimate partner violence? Probably still trying to figure out how to be mad that a teenage girl got sprayed but not be mad that the man got sprayed because he must have had done something to deserve it.

    • law
      May 22, 2014 - 14:31

      because there is no such thing as a charge/offence of "domestic violence". There are offences (charges) that stem from domestic violence incidents, such as assault....

    • Head Shaker
      May 22, 2014 - 17:24

      Guilty until proven Not Guilty by a technicality? Sounds sexist.

  • John
    May 22, 2014 - 12:48

    she's on a great path.. lets discount her sentence for time served. give me a break. http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/News/Local/2014-01-31/article-3598789/Charlottetown-police-seize-more-than-$400,000-in-drugs-in-Operation-Clean-Sweep/2

  • Joe Doe
    May 22, 2014 - 12:46


  • Dustin GILL
    May 22, 2014 - 09:06

    4 MONTHS MINUS BASICALLY A MONTH ?!?! IF THIS WERE AMERICA YOU'D RECEIVE A NICE PRISON STINT FOR THIS. Especially with a teenager in the vehicle. This is getting a little offensive to the contributing societal members of our community, let alone the victims in these cases. MANDATORY MINIMUMS PLZZ

    • Really?
      May 22, 2014 - 16:52

      The semi-bright often scream for mandatory minimums yet are too clueless to look at the actual results of them in the US. These same people are typically clueless as to sentencing guidelines and similar sentences in the US. Ignorance is bliss I guess. Far too easy to just have a backwoods kneejerk reaction to eveything than actual get educated.

  • A victum
    May 22, 2014 - 08:39

    Its my opion,as as victum of bear spray myself,that she should have gotten more time then what she got,but nevertheless,it looks good on her,but i hope future case's of the use of bear spray etc,should hold a mandatory sentnce of at best 1 year