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P.E.I. woman jailed for threats, knife attack


Judi Roxane Johnstone gets 105-day sentence for incidents committed while drunk


A P.E.I. woman who threw knives at a man and threatened to kill her mother was sentenced recently to 105 days in jail.

Judi Roxane Johnstone, 43, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Georgetown where she pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon, breaching her probation, breaching an undertaking and two counts of uttering threats.

Reading from an agreed statement of facts, Crown attorney Chad McQuaid told the court that on Oct. 10, the RCMP responded to a call where they found Johnstone irate and shouting.

The court heard that Johnstone immediately started screaming she was going to kill her mother and leave her in a bloody mess once she was released.

McQuaid said that on the way to detachment, Johnstone told the RCMP she would go right back to her mother’s house.

“My mom will die,” Johnstone told the police.

In a separate incident, the RCMP was called to another disturbance on Oct. 27 after a report Johnstone had several kitchen knives and was trying to stab a man.

McQuaid said the RCMP found the victim outside when they arrived and he told the police Johnstone had thrown knives at him.

The knives landed in the yard and didn’t hit the victim.

Johnstone was on probation at the time and on an undertaking that included a condition she not be at her mother’s house unless she was sober.

Defence lawyer Karen MacLeod told the court Johnstone had been drinking before each incident and didn’t remember the first, although she remembered some, but not a lot, of the second.

MacLeod said Johnstone was very remorseful and asked to be allowed to have contact with her mother while sober.

Since her arrest, Johnstone has been involved in group sessions that include anger management, MacLeod said, adding the accused was motivated to stay on a path to sobriety.

Before sentencing Johnstone, Orr said it is obvious the accused is someone who can’t drink.

“You can’t drink a little. You can’t drink a lot,” Orr said.

Orr also referred to Johnstone blacking out at the time of the offences and said the woman could have done anything during that time.

“That must be a very scary feeling,” Orr said.

With the jail time, which Orr reduced by 37 days for time served since Johnstone’s arrest, the accused will be on probation for 18 months.

During that time Johnstone is to have no contact with the victims unless her probation officer consents.

Johnstone will be under a weapons prohibition for five years and must provide a DNA sample for the national databank.

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