OTTAWA — Some street prostitutes in Ottawa’s east end say they are unsettled after learning that a john tried to kill one of their colleagues, who was choked unconscious and then dragged to her attacker’s car.
The attack has renewed fears among sex trade workers, already on edge after a series of unsolved street prostitute killings.
Jonathan Mathieu is charged with attempted murder and a little-known charge that carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. The charge of overcoming resistance to commission of offence is described as attempts to choke or strangle.
In an Ottawa Police case that initially was not handled by its sex assault or major-crime units, it is alleged that Mathieu, 30, tried to kill a street prostitute after picking her up in the east end on Sept. 26.
The police theory is that Mathieu brought the prostitute back to his St. Laurent Boulevard apartment, had sex, then tried to strangle her to death.
He choked her until she was unconscious, and by an untrained eye, looked dead.