New Brunswick

Sussex man supports RCMP use of Taser on wife

The husband of a Sussex woman who police subdued with a stun gun last week said the RCMP officers made the right choice during the altercation.

The husband of a Sussex woman who police subdued with a stun gun last week said the RCMP officers made the right choice during the altercation.

Stephanie Doucette, 31, made her second court appearance in Hampton on Tuesday to face three charges of assault with a weapon, uttering threats and causing mischief.

She's been in police custody since Feb. 4 after an incident at the Sussex Mall in which witnesses said a woman was chasing a man, waving a kitchen knife and threatening to kill him.

Doucette has pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

Robert Doucette was also in court to support his wife. He said that deploying the stun gun, which the RCMP did in order to subdue her, was the right choice given the circumstance.

He said his wife does need some assistance to deal with her nerves. Doucette said his wife had been off her medication for about four days before the altercation.

Doucette said he hopes the court treats his wife with compassion as she deals with her medical issues.

"Sometimes you got to pick up rock bottom before you can pick up and go on," he said.

He said his wife does not remember the event but when he spoke to her later that day from jail she was complaining of nausea and headaches.

Provincial court Judge Henrick Tonning emphasized that Doucette was fit to stand trial. A five-day psychiatric assessment was ordered for her shortly after the incident.

She will be back in court on Thursday for a bail hearing.

At that point, it is expected that the Crown prosecutor will argue for her to stay in police custody.

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