Jail time for man who spit in woman’s face

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY RYAN ROSS Ryan.Ross@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/ryan­r­ross

A P.E.I. man who grabbed a woman and spit on her as he was try­ing to get her to help him sell DVDs at a pawn­shop was sen­tenced last week to 90 days in jail on mul­ti­ple charges.

Michael Arthur Gaudet, 33, ap­peared be­fore Judge John Dou­glas in pro­vin­cial court in Charlottetown on six charges, in­clud­ing as­sault, pos­sess­ing stolen prop­erty and breach­ing his pro­ba­tion.

The court heard that on March 25, Gaudet asked the vic­tim to drive him to Most Wanted to sell DVDs he said a friend gave him.

Gaudet needed her to sell them be­cause Most Wanted wouldn’t let him.

When it be­came clear to the vic­tim Gaudet wanted the money to buy al­co­hol she tried to walk away and he be­came ag­i­tated.

Gaudet grabbed the woman’s arm, spun her around, blocked her and spit in her face.

A store clerk kicked Gaudet out.

In an­other in­ci­dent, Gaudet was drunk and in a ve­hi­cle with the vic­tim when he threat­ened to hit her.

The court heard the vic­tim tried to get out, but Gaudet pulled her back in.

Crown at­tor­ney Lisa Goulden also de­tailed three sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in April in­volv­ing the po­lice catch­ing Gaudet with stolen items, in­clud­ing some that were taken from ve­hi­cles.

The items in­cluded an MP3 player, gift cards, a coupon book, a por­ta­ble printer and ra­zors.

Gaudet stole the ra­zors from a Shop­pers Drug Mart.

Goulden told the court Gaudet has cho­sen to drink over his health and re­la­tion­ships.

She also said un­til he sorts that out he will present a dan­ger to the com­mu­nity.

De­fence lawyer Thane MacEach­ern said Gaudet re­grets how he treated the vic­tim and he ac­cepts re­spon­si­bil­ity for his ac­tions.

Along with the jail time, Gaudet will be on pro­ba­tion for 18 months, which in­cludes a con­di­tion that he wear an elec­tronic mon­i­tor­ing de­vice if his pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer di­rects him to.

Gaudet was also or­dered to pay $700 in vic­tim sur­charges.

He will be back in court Aug. 8 for a show cause hear­ing on un­re­lated charges, in­clud­ing ag­gra­vated as­sault.

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