Charlottetown woman sentenced to 8 months for stabbing

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Published on April 24, 2014
Const. Markham Long of Charlottetown Police Services escorts 34-year-old Julie Lynn Gaudet into provincial court Wednesday.
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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.