Chester man held without bail for allegedly choking girlfriend from whom he'd been ordered to stay away
Woman alleges long-running history of severe abuse
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A Chester man has been ordered held without bail following allegations that he choked his girlfriend unconscious over the weekend during a domestic dispute at her residence alongside Route 103 despite restraining orders and court conditions forbidding him to contact her.
Andrew Haskins, 33, stood silently at the defense table Monday afternoon as his attorney entered an innocent plea on his behalf to a felony count of first degree aggravated domestic assault and to accompanying misdemeanor counts of violating an abuse prevention order and violating court-ordered conditions of pre-trial release.
Haskins was in the same position last July when he stood in the same courtroom in White River Junction and entered an innocent plea to a felony count of first degree aggravated domestic assault against the same woman.
The putative victim had reported to police that in the alleged July incident she had been choked to the brink of losing consciousness and also reported having “seen stars” when Haskins allegedly put her in a chokehold in September. Chester Police also detailed several other instances of alleged serious abuse that the woman said she had been subjected to by Haskins but had not reported to police in a timely manner.
Police were called to a residence on Route 103 on Sunday morning after neighbors reported that a woman was outside who appeared to need help.
Noting that Haskins was under release conditions that forbade him from contacting his alleged victim, let alone harming her, Windsor County State’s Attorney David Cahill suggested to Judge Timothy Tomasi on Monday that, “All the conditions did was enable Mr. Haskins to once again strangle his victim, this time to the point of unconsciousness.”
Judge Tomasi agreed that conditions were not enough to protect the victim given the alleged violations and so he ordered Haskins held without bail for the time being.
Haskins has a 2010 felony conviction for second degree aggravated domestic assault on his criminal record and faces a maximum potential penalty of over 46 years in prison if he were to be convicted of the three open felony cases that are now pending against him.
Andrew Haskins, 33, is now facing three separate felony counts of first degree aggravated domestic assault
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