Stabbing death rattles Charlottetown neighbourhood

Jim Day
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Marc Periard and his dog Dutch, members of the RCMP police dog services, comb the yard of a home on Brows Lane in Charlottetown Saturday after a man was stabbed to death on the premises Friday night. Periard is assisting the Charlottetown Police Services because the department no longer has a police dog service.

Reuben MacDougall had nodded off during a Blue Jays game Friday night as a man was dying right outside his Charlottetown home.

MacDougall woke up to the sight of police lights flashing on his window.

He got up and opened his front door to see paramedics working on a man who was lying on his lawn.

MacDougall’s first thought was that this man, who was clearly in peril, was having a heart attack or some other serious health incident.

Soon he realized that what had led a shirtless 45-year-old Kent David Gallant of Charlottetown, dressed in only jeans and sneakers, to lie and die on MacDougall’s front lawn was far nastier in nature.

He believes he saw one, maybe two, stab wounds on the left side of the man’s chest, near the heart. There was a small smear of blood on the man’s chest.

About eight of MacDougall’s neighbours also spilled outside their homes around 9:30 p.m. to witness the commotion.

One of those neighbours had arrived after the stabbing, but in time to take in the unsettling outcome to the earlier altercation.

“I saw him pass away, which is really sad,’’ says the young woman, who asked not to be named. “They (paramedics) just tried to work on him and he passed away.’’

Police spent the next five hours tracking down the person suspected of the crime.

At about 2:33 a.m. Saturday, inside a perimeter that was set up around the crime scene, a 17-year-old female was arrested, say police. The accused is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for a show-cause hearing.

P.E.I. Chief Coroner Charles Trainor personally transported Gallant’s body to Halifax for a forensic autopsy Sunday that took about three hours to perform. Trainor says the cause of death was determined to be from a stab wound to the chest.

Police continue to investigate the murder and are asking anyone with any information to contact Charlottetown Police at 629-4172.

Meanwhile, neighbours try to make sense of the violent death that took place so close to home.

On Monday morning, MacDougall, who has lived in his Brows Lane home for 40 years, pointed out to grass on his front lawn still flattened on the spot where the victim’s body had laid days earlier.

“Well, it shook me up,’’ he says of the death. “I didn’t settle down too much (that night).’’

In fact, he has had difficulty sleeping since.

MacDougall knows nothing of the victim. He had never spoken to him in the past.

Another neighbour says the man was living with his girlfriend (not the woman who has been arrested) in a basement apartment at 182 St. Peters Rd. in a house separated into two apartment units. The house is located on the corner of St. Peters Road and Brows Lane.

One woman believes Gallant had been living in that apartment since at least last October.

With the exception of the odd party, the place was mostly quiet, she observes.

“Fairly run of the mill,’’ she says. “Wouldn’t expect anything like this. It was a little unsettling.’’

However, police say Gallant did not live at 182 St. Peters Rd., but would not say where he lived, noting only he was a Charlottetown resident. Police would not even confirm the crime scene “at this point.’’

Yet early Saturday morning, yellow police tape ringed the house and property at that address while a city police officer was guarding the scene.

Organizations: Blue Jays

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Halifax, Peters Road

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  • Commissioner
    July 15, 2014 - 22:17

    Isn't it sad to think that on a small Island in a small community people do not even know who lives beside them.

  • Fraser
    July 15, 2014 - 21:31

    Well, I haven't been acquainted with PEI for much more than a decade and I haven't lived in a place smaller than Murray River before; however, the amount of deaths due to drowning, fire and brutality in the area has been alarming. For instance, let's not forget the tragic murder/suicide of a woman and her four year old son just a year ago. Then about a decade ago a terribly brutal domestic that left a mother spattered all over a floor at night while her four year old son was hovering over her body. What's worse is the place is so small that one cannot be unaffected, or not know of the victims personally! Those two are particularly hard to forget.

  • small nosey town
    July 15, 2014 - 17:10

    Thing is this is the only place where people make a point of standing around and watching I saw for my self in toronto ..peiple either get the away from the scene or just walk on by or finish watching tbe baseball game that what first responders are for ..and they shoukd be able to do the job tbey do without and sudience or have to deal with onlookers at such a scenario why watch if your not trained to help .

    • huh
      July 15, 2014 - 19:03

      the comment section has a handy spell checker, you know.

  • Crazees
    July 15, 2014 - 14:19

    Yankee? According to statistics in Canada, from 2008 to 2012 only 3 ppl been murdered... look at the link below. You do not hear much about this on the island. It can happen anywhere sadly but like Bob said, compare this to huge cities its very small. This is why people get scared more when they do see this happen ebcause its rare on the island. Funny thing though.. the same day another Ontario woman on the island stabbed a 33 year old man on the same day. Whcih is very uncommon yet on the same day. Before ppl start running scared of the island. Its more safer here then any other place in Canada. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/legal12a-eng.htm

  • Crazees
    July 15, 2014 - 14:16

    Yankee? According to statistics in Canada, from 2008 to 2012 only 3 ppl been murdered... look at the link below. You do not hear much about this on the island. It can happen anywhere sadly but like Bob said, compare this to huge cities its very small. This is why people get scared more when they do see this happen ebcause its rare on the island. Funny thing though.. the same day another Ontario woman on the island stabbed a 33 year old man on the same day. Whcih is very uncommon yet on the same day. Before ppl start running scared of the island. Its more safer here then any other place in Canada. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/legal12a-eng.htm

  • Stan Hope
    July 15, 2014 - 13:28

    Re: Yankee Lurker ...Your inaccurate shoot from the hip comment is a joke which leads me to believe you're a bit of a joke , an attention seeker. As in Goodfellas , a funny guy , a clown here to amuse .I could tee off on you with a diatribe that you probably wouldn't understand so we'll leave it at that.

  • Bob MacTavish
    July 15, 2014 - 09:44

    Yankee Lurker, what the heck are talking about? So you are saying there are more deaths here than in say, Toronto, Montreal, New York City or maybe even Halifax? Before this when was the last murder in Charlottetown or on P.E.I.? Three kids died in a fire last winter, but when were there fire deaths before that? Like everywhere there is domestic violence, but when was the last murder due to domestic violence? Drugs? Of course there is a drug problem here just like everywhere else, but compared to larger cities it is small time. You and other trolls are trying to make it seem like people are being gunned down in the street on a daily basis. Try living in parts or Toronto, the east side in Vancouver and parts of New York City and then you will know what violence is.

  • Yankee Lurker
    July 15, 2014 - 07:47

    People wonder why there is a net loss in population on the island. I don't think I have ever seen so high a ratio of deaths and or injury due to traffic, violence, fire, domestic, in any other place north of Nigeria. What the hell is happening up there.

    • Canadian responder
      July 15, 2014 - 11:22

      A perfect example of Yankee education. Darn the facts, lets just make stuff up and pretend it's true.

    • Stone Cold Steve Austin
      July 15, 2014 - 13:28

      More like.... cranky lurker.

    • Captain Canuck
      July 15, 2014 - 15:28

      Didn't fool me, Lurker. You're no more Yankee than I. For one thing, you know SOMETHING of geography!!! LOL

    • THNK THINK THINK
      July 15, 2014 - 16:34

      You may want to have a look at this place called Chicago. I expect you have heard of it.

    • Bobby
      July 16, 2014 - 03:59

      Yankee...if there even is a loss in population on the Island it is not due to crime, it's due to the lack of jobs here. People leave to find work, not cuz they are running scared from our 1 murder per 3 years statistic. You live in the United States where people shoot others for honking a horn at them. So please don't spew out a bunch of garbage about how PEI is some kind of war zone. We have very little crime up here when compared to the bigger cities in North America, and murders are few and far between.