Sen­tence sus­pended

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - BY RYAN ROSS THE GUARDIAN

Man with men­tal health is­sues apol­o­gizes for as­sault

A man who has men­tal ill­ness won’t be spend­ing any more time in jail af­ter he as­saulted a doc­tor and punched holes in a wall at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Hos­pi­tal.

Mitchell Charles Ab­bott, 29, ap­peared be­fore pro­vin­cial court Judge John Dou­glas in Char­lot­te­town Thurs­day where he en­tered guilty pleas to sev­eral charges against him. Ab­bott has been in cus­tody since his ar­rest ear­lier this month lead­ing Dou­glas to give him a sus­pended sen­tence for as­sault and fin­ing him for the other charges.

Be­fore hear­ing his sen­tence, Ab­bott ad­dressed the court to say he wanted to apol­o­gize to the doc­tors in­volved and the QEH.

“They de­serve an apol­ogy, and I’d like to give it,” he said.

The court heard Ab­bott went to a Petro Canada on Univer­sity Av­enue in Char­lot­te­town on Dec. 22, went be­hind the counter and de­manded a pack of cig­a­rettes.

He pushed the clerk, grabbed a pack and left. The po­lice ar­rested him soon af­ter.

Ab­bott went to the QEH the next day and be­came ag­i­tated while he was there. He dam­aged a wall in the wait­ing room by throw­ing a chair at it.

On Jan. 8, Ab­bott went back to the QEH, and a doc­tor was treat­ing him in the emer­gency depart­ment when he be­came ag­i­tated again and kicked a hole in a wall. Ab­bott pushed and shoved the doc­tor and punched two more holes in the wall.

The po­lice ar­rested him the next day, and he was kept in hos­pi­tal overnight af­ter suf­fer­ing from some type of men­tal dis­or­der. It wasn’t the first time Ab­bott was hos­pi­tal­ized and the court heard he was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal in­vol­un­tar­ily in Novem­ber. His most re­cent ad­mis­sion to hos­pi­tal in­cluded a re­port of para­noia.

Ab­bott’s lawyer told the court her client had a sup­port­ive fam­ily, sev­eral of whom were in the court­room dur­ing Thurs­day’s pro­ceed­ings. They, along with Ab­bott, want him to go to Home­wood Health Cen­tre in Guelph, which spe­cial­izes in men­tal health and ad­dic­tion treat­ment.

In giv­ing a sus­pended sen­tence, Dou­glas said he con­sid­ered Ab­bott’s med­i­cal is­sues. He fined Ab­bott $3 and or­dered him to pay $101 in vic­tim sur­charges.

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