New Brunswick

Woman pleads guilty to chasing husband with knife in Sussex, N.B., mall

A Sussex, N.B., woman who earlier this month chased her husband through a shopping mall with a knife, threatening to kill him, has changed her plea to guilty.

A Sussex, N.B., woman who earlier this month chased her husband through a shopping mall with a knife, threatening to kill him, has changed her plea to guilty.

Stephanie Doucette, 31, pleaded guilty in Sussex court on Thursday to charges including uttering death threats, assault with a weapon and causing mischief by breaking the door of Mike's Barber Shop.

Judge Henrick Tonning released Doucette with strict conditions pending her April 2 sentencing.

Tonning ordered Doucette to have no contact with her husband, Robert, who she chased through the Sussex Shopping Mall.

The judge said it was crucial that she and her husband not see each other during this period.

He said if her husband called her, she should contact the police because he would be violating those conditions.

Additionally, she is to stay in a transition house and cannot be in Sussex.

And she must make any arrangement to see her daughter through a third party.

When Doucette chased her husband through the mall, the Sussex RCMP needed to use a stun gun to subdue her.

Robert Doucette said he supported the RCMP's decision to use the stun gun.

He has 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.

He said after his wife's previous court appearance that he hopes the judge treats his wife with compassion as she deals with her medical issues.