Packet & Times

Woman charged in man’s stabbing

By Jim Purnell
The Packet & Times (Orillia, Ontario, Canada)
May 22, 2002

BEAVERTON—Residents of this small town across Lake Simcoe from Orillia are reeling after a man nearly died of stab wounds suffered during a domestic dispute early Monday morning.

“I can’t believe it, I moved here from Scarborough to get away from violence and now this happens two doors down,” said a resident of Simcoe Street, where a 34-year-old man was stabbed in the chest with a large butcher knife around 3:30 a.m. Monday.

“There was yellow tape around the house and police were there most of the day,” said the woman, who didn’t want to give her name. “It was like something on a television cop show.”

Police charged the man’s 28-year-old spouse with attempted murder and aggravated assault, plus a dangerous weapons charge.

She remains in custody and is scheduled to appear for a bail hearing in an Oshawa court this morning.

Durham Regional Police said the man, who was lying on the floor of the house, lost vital signs shortly after officers arrived on scene. Police were able to revive him by performing CPR. The victim remains in stable condition after surgery at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital and is expected to survive.

Police are not releasing the address or the names of the couple involved in the crime to protect the identity of the family, including their children.

“She seemed so nice,” said the neighbour who lives two doors down. “I’d see her walk into town every day with her husband and two young kids,” she said.

“She was always helpful. When my car broke down in town she stopped to help and was the only person to phone when my cat went missing,” said the distraught neighbour.

She said the pair who lived at 119 Simcoe Street had two young boys aged about 10 months and five years old.

Folks at The Hodge Podge variety store said the woman who was charged recently opened a lingerie store in town and had worked at a local bar.