Man accused of breaking woman's ribs back in court
Rockland — A 51-year-old Rockland man who police say locked a woman in a bathroom and repeatedly kicked her until he fractured her ribs appeared in Knox County Superior Court Sept. 25.
James O. Beal was not expected to enter a plea to the five charges he faces as one charge is a felony of aggravated assault. Justice Jeffrey Hjelm set Beal's next hearing for Nov. 27 and told Beal it was in his best interest to retain an attorney by then.
Beal put his own home up for $25,000 surety bail, and was released from jail Sept. 6 after he was arrested the same day and charged with aggravated assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, criminal restraint, obstructing a report of a crime or injury and domestic violence assault.
The victim was locked in a bathroom, thrown on the floor and kicked about 100 times, according to an affidavit filed by Rockland Police Officer Andrew Redden.
The victim was assaulted in the bathroom for approximately 30 minutes. She said Beal also had beaten her the night before, while they were driving.
She was able to escape the bathroom she was held in, and met a friend in the McDonald's parking lot on Maverick Street, where police were dispatched.
The police report said the victim had severe bruising all over her body, and bleeding scrapes on her knees, elbows and sides. She complained of pain in her ribs and was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center.
Medical professionals told police the victim suffered a broken rib and several fractured ribs, according to court papers.
When police went to the residence of Beal, he said he and the victim had gotten into an argument, and she had left the house. He denied there was a physical altercation. Both Beal and the victim had been drinking, the affidavit stated. When police asked Beal why the victim was bruised and may have broken bones, he said she falls a lot when she is drinking, including downstairs, said court papers.
When police entered the bathroom of the residence, items were knocked over and there was a large hole in the door. Beal began to pick up items that were on the floor, including toiletries and toothbrushes, said court papers. When police asked if the bathroom always appears in disarray, Beal asked authorities what they wanted from him.
The conditions of Beal's release include he have no contact with the victim.
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