A local man is facing charges after Kingston Police responded to a domestic dispute in downtown Kingston late last week.
At approximately 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, a domestic dispute occurred at a residence in downtown Kingston. According to a release from Kingston Police, the male accused had arrived home from work intoxicated and proceeded to engage in an argument with his girlfriend, the victim.
During the argument, the couple’s pet dog needed to go outside to relieve itself. According to Kingston Police, the accused opened the door and proceeded to kick the animal while wearing his steel-toed boots. The dog was injured by the force of the kick and cried out before retreating to hide under the outside stairs. According to the release, the female victim requested that the accused go to calm down in the basement. While attempting to open the baby gate at the top of the stairs the accused reportedly ripped it off of the wall, causing it to break. Once downstairs, Kingston Police said that the accused threw items throughout the basement including an antique lamp, causing it to shatter on the ground.
Police responded and, according to the release, further information revealed that in the fall of 2018 the accused, during a verbal altercation with the victim, had proceeded to assault her. Police also learned that in December 2019, during yet another dispute, the accused had thrown a coffee mug at the victim, nearly striking her in the head. During an incident in May of 2021, the accused had become violent with the victim, throwing her to the ground and then striking her in the face, according to the release.
Police located the accused in the basement of the residence and advised him that he was under arrest for the aforementioned offences. The accused became belligerent with police while displaying aggressive behaviour towards the officers, according to the release. At approximately 8:30 p.m., after a brief struggle with police, the officers handcuffed the accused and took him into custody.
The accused was subsequently transported to police headquarters where he was held to attend a future bail hearing.
A 22-year-old local man was charged with two counts of assault, assault with a weapon, mischief under $5000, and willfully causing unnecessary pain/suffering or injury to an animal.
No one has the right to abuse another person. Victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and witnesses are encouraged to contact Kingston Police. The following links offer valuable support services and resources in the Kingston area for victims of domestic and/or sexual violence:
- Kingston Police (613-549-4660)
- Kingston Police Path of Strength Smartphone App
- Kingston Interval House
- Kingston Sexual Assault Centre
- Resolve Counselling Services Canada
- KFACC (Kingston Frontenac Anti-violence Coordinating Committee) and KFACC for men
- Victim Services of Kingston and Frontenac (613-548-4834)
- Addiction & Mental Health Services – Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington
- Ministry of the Attorney General – Violence in the Family
- Ministry of the Attorney General – Victim Services Directory
- Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres