After becoming aware of a history of domestic-related assaults which occurred over four and a half months, Kingston Police arrested and charged a local man.
Police became aware of the issue at approximately 9:17 p.m. on Sunday, Apr. 28, 2019. According to Kingston Police, the accused man and the female victim had been involved in a relationship for nine years, and there were numerous reports of domestic-related incidents between the couple dating back to 2011.
Officers learned of seven incidents involving violence and assault, beginning with an incident just before Christmas in 2019. Then, the accused man and the victim had been involved in an argument, during which the accused man grabbed the victim and threw her to the ground. He then began punching her, before throwing a cup of hot coffee in her face, and then holding her against a door while choking her.
On Friday, Apr. 5, 2019, the accused man returned home from work and was upset over his day. He then threw the victim on the couch and punched her numerous times in the chest, causing her to struggle for breath.
On Saturday, Apr. 6, 2019, the accused man woke up in a bad mood and punched the victim in the back before pulling her hair.
On Thursday, Apr. 11, 2019, the couple were arguing when the accused man threw his cellphone at the victim’s back with enough force to cause injury.
On Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2019, during another argument, the accused got angry and shoved the victim against a doorframe, using his hand to choke her.
On Friday, Apr. 19, 2019, the victim picked the accused man up from his workplace. Angry that he’d not been able to reach her earlier in the day, the accused man grabbed the victim by the hair and struck her head off the driver’s side window multiple times. A few days later while the couple were involved in yet another argument, the accused man pushed the victim up against a door in their residence and held a large knife to her throat, threatening to kill her.
Finally, on Friday, Apr. 26, 2019, the accused man became enraged when he learned the victim would be attended a work-related function, and pushed her against a wall while choking her before punching and kicking her.
Police located the accused man at a downtown residence at approximately 8 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 29, 2019, and he was arrested. The 28-year-old Kingston man was charged with six counts of assault, and two counts of assault with a weapon.
The following is a statement from Kingston Police:
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