Jail time for man who spit in woman’s face
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.