Woman accused of trying to kill boyfriend sent for mental assessment

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Published on April 11, 2014
Scales of justice

A 41-year-old Charlottetown woman charged with attempted murder after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend in the chest is being sent for a mental health assessment.

Marlo Docherty will be transported to the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth for up to 30 days for that assessment.

Defence Counsel Thane MacEachern requested the assessment during an appearance Friday before Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas.

MacEachern stressed the purpose of the assessment is not to determine the fitness of the accused to stand trial but rather to determine what her mental state may have been at the time of the incident.

Depending on the outcome of that assessment Docherty could be found not criminally responsible for her actions on the day in question.

Crown Prosecutor Cyndria Wedge agreed the assessment would be helpful for the court.

Douglas has adjourned the matter now until May 12th.

Details released by police at the time of the incident allege that Docherty stabbed her boyfriend in the chest with a kitchen knife while he slept.

"As it turned out he was quite lucky," said Sergeant Walter Vessey of Charlottetown Police Services. "The knife blade, when she (allegedly) stabbed him, struck a bone which stopped the knife from doing more damage."

It happened in the early morning hours at an apartment on Rochford Street in Charlottetown.

The victim was taken to hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.