Charge: Attempted Murder (reduced to assault with a weapon).
Issue: Given the circumstances of the event and given our client’s mental health condition, whether our client truly had the intention to kill the complainant.
Result: Mr. Gauthier was able to provide medical/psychological information to Crown counsel and, ultimately, was able to persuade Crown to proceed on the lesser offence of assault with a weapon and to make a joint recommendation to the court for a conditional discharge, rather than the lengthy jail sentence they were originally seeking. After hearing Mr. Gauthier’s submissions, the Court granted our client the discharge. No criminal conviction. No jail.