As­sault with shower rod, knife

Lawrence Johnathan El­lis cur­rently be­fore the courts

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - BY NIGEL ARM­STRONG THE GUARDIAN NArm­ https://Twit­

As­sault with a shower-cur­tain rod, then another as­sault with a kitchen knife is part of an al­leged do­mes­tic vi­o­lence case now mak­ing its way through P.E.I. courts.

Lawrence Johnathan El­lis, 34, of Strat­ford was in Judge Nancy Orr’s pro­vin­cial court Monday with his lawyer Ian Bai­ley, but all the charges against him have been set over to other dates.

He is fac­ing a charge of as­sault­ing a woman us­ing a shower cur­tain rod as a weapon on May 9 in Strat­ford. Four days ear­lier, on May 5, po­lice laid a charge against El­lis for as­sault­ing the same women.

He also has a charge of as­sault against the same woman from Fe­bru­ary and yet another as­sault charge against the same women from De­cem­ber last year.

On June 10 this year po­lice al­lege El­lis used a kitchen knife in as­sault­ing the same woman.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Lisa Goulden said all the charges will go by a more se­ri­ous process called in­dict­ment where they could end up in Supreme Court.

El­lis did not choose Monday what type of trial he wants. Those charges will now come be­fore the judge again on Aug. 17.

That is not all the charges, how­ever, fac­ing El­lis.

There are mul­ti­ple charges of drug traf­fick­ing. Those events in­cluded a traf­fic stop which re­sulted in a fur­ther charge of driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied.

El­lis did make a choice of trial by Supreme Court Judge alone for all drug-re­lated charges.

Through his lawyer he re­quested a pre-trial in pro­vin­cial court that is now sched­uled to hap­pen over three days start­ing Oct. 6.

Af­ter his ar­rest, he was re­leased July 5 on a signed prom­ise to at­tend all his up­com­ing court ap­pear­ances and stay away from his al­leged vic­tim.

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