Woman pleads guilty to assault with weapon
A P.E.I. woman initially charged with attempted murder has pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of assault with a weapon.
Marlo Docherty, 41 of Charlottetown, entered the guilty plea Monday in Charlottetown provincial court. Docherty was arrested in March. Police said she had stabbed a man in the chest as he slept. The incident happened in the apartment she and the man shared.
The man was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries from a single knife wound.
Crown prosecutor John McMillan told the court Monday that, based on a psychiatric report compiled at the East Coast Forensic Institute in Dartmouth, there's little chance the Crown could have proven Docherty acted with criminal intent in regard to the attempted murder charge.
McMillan said the report found Docherty and her victim were both drinking heavily the night of the assault.
Defence lawyer Thane MacEachern requested an adjournment before sentencing while a pre-sentence report is prepared on his client. Chief provincial court Judge John Douglas granted that request.
Docherty, who has been in custody since her arrest, did not speak during her 20-minute court appearance. MacEachern said she consented to remain in jail until her next court appearance June 26.
A date for sentencing on the charge of assault with a weapon will be set at that time.