Suspended sentence for man who attacked staff, kicked hole in QEH wall

Ryan Ross
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Queen Elizabeth Hospital's emergency department.

A man who suffers with mental illness won’t be spending any more time in jail after he assaulted a doctor and punched holes in a wall at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Mitchell Charles Abbott, 29, appeared before provincial court Judge John Douglas in Charlottetown today where he entered guilty pleas to several charges against him.

Abbott has been in custody since his arrest earlier this month leading Douglas to give him a suspended sentence for assault and fining him for the other charges.

Before hearing his sentence, Abbott addressed the court to say he wanted to apologize to the doctors involved and the QEH.

“They deserve an apology and I’d like to give it,” he said.

The court heard Abbott went to a Petro Canada on University Avenue in Charlottetown on Dec. 22, went behind the counter and demanded a pack of cigarettes.

He pushed the clerk, grabbed a pack and left.

The police arrested him soon after.

Abbott went to the QEH the next day and became agitated while he was there.

He damaged a wall in the waiting room by throwing a chair at it.

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On Jan. 8, Abbott went back to the QEH and a doctor was treating him in the emergency department when he became agitated again and kicked a hole in a wall.

Abbott pushed and shoved the doctor and punched two more holes in the wall.

The police arrested him the next day and he was kept in hospital overnight after suffering from some type of mental disorder.

It wasn’t the first time Abbott was hospitalized and the court heard he was admitted to hospital involuntarily in November.

His most recent admission to hospital included a report of paranoia.

Abbott’s lawyer told the court her client had a supportive family, several of whom were in the courtroom during Thursday’s proceedings.

They, along with Abbott, want him to go to Homewood Health Centre in Guelph, which specializes in mental health and addiction treatment.

In giving a suspended sentence, Douglas said he considered Abbott’s medical issues.

He fined Abbott $3 and ordered him to pay $101 in victim surcharges.

 

rross@theguardian.pe.ca

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Organizations: Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Petro Canada, Homewood Health Centre

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Guelph

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  • Hantsport Sue
    January 22, 2016 - 09:42

    A fine is a fine but the sentence should have been conditional on him actually committing to help. There should be better security at the hospital for risky patients. Doctors and nurses should not have to treat risky patients without a security person within earshot. The staff need protection but he is sick - stiffer fines will NOT help mental illness and addictions issues. I don't know anything about this judges record but i think this was a wise one.,

    • Just Sayin
      January 23, 2016 - 17:55

      All the hoopla about security from the commissionaires when the security contract was taken from them and given to a security firm from BC, who since rehired all of them at a lesser wage, where were they when this crazy smashed up the QEH, not once, but twice? Are they on strike?

  • Louann
    January 21, 2016 - 22:23

    He has to remain drug free(street drugs) for an extended time before Homewood will accept him . But good luck, Homewood is an excellent choice !

  • Mr Jim Depressed
    January 21, 2016 - 20:07

    $ 3.00 fine what a joke This is a coffee and muffin at Tims For goodness sake, he assualted a good care giver

  • UPWESTER
    January 21, 2016 - 17:24

    Never mind the mental competency of Abbott, I want to question the mental competency of Judge Douglas. This judge needs to be taken off the bench ASAP. This isn't the first time that the judges competency has been questioned.Both these men need immediate help. PEI is a joke, only this isn't funny.

  • the grinch
    January 21, 2016 - 16:37

    If I ever needed to face charges, perish the thought, I'd want first dibs on this judge. A full slap in the face to every cop that risks his/her life to bring these people in. You just have to know which excuse to bring up, and you're back in the game. Is there a moat around our jail or something? Is it haunted? What do you have to do to get put in jail, shoot two people? Oh wait, no, that guy's out on bail.

  • jack
    January 21, 2016 - 15:41

    only 3 dollar fine??

  • Joe Doe
    January 21, 2016 - 15:36

    HA,HA,3 DOLLAR FINE,HA,HA,HA,HA. NEXT CASE,HA,HA,HA,HA.WHAT ABOUT THE SMOKES,DOESN'T HE HAVE TO PAY FOR THESE.