Cathie Gauthier v. Her Majesty the Queen

Supreme Court Hearings

Cathie Gauthier v. Her Majesty the Queen

Cathie Gauthier v. Her Majesty the Queen (December 13, 2012)
Case # 34444

On January 1, 2009 at 11:56 p.m., the appellant Cathie Gauthier dialled 9-1-1 from her home.
In a weak voice broken by sobs, she requested an ambulance.
When the operator asked her what the problem was she told the operator that her wrist was cut.
When asked if it was a suicide attempt, she said “it was a pact; my husband killed our three children.”
The appellant also said that she had woken up lying in her bed with her three children.
Her wrist was slit and her husband was lying on the bedroom floor.
The appellant shook the children but they did not respond.
She stated that her spouse had cut her wrist and drugged everyone with sleeping pills.
In question is whether the Court of Appeal erred by upholding the appellant’s guilty verdicts.
The grounds for the guilty verdicts were that the appellant should have prevented the children from consuming the drinks made by her husband.