Police have charged a 43-year old man with numerous charges after learning of his “multiple violent attacks on his common-law,” according to a press release from Kingston Police.
Police only learned of the man’s history of domestic violence when they were called by another person in the couple’s residence on Friday, April 13, 2018 – the accused had become angry after going through the victim’s Facebook profile, grabbed a large knife and threatened to kill her.
When officers arrived on the scene, the accused fled. An investigation found multiple violent incidents had occurred in both March and April of this year, and had not been reported.
Police say that on one date, the accused struck the victim several times and proceeded to chase her as she fled, grab her by the hair, throw her to the ground, and kick her in the stomach repeatedly. On another instance, the accused kicked the victim in the back, spat at her face and choked her. On yet another date, the accused choked the victim to the point of unconsciousness. On that date, when the victim woke up she was sexually assaulted by the accused.
With the whereabouts of the accused unknown, police requested a warrant for his arrest, and on Wednesday, May 30 at approximately 3:15 a.m., officers located the man “hiding out at an address on Princess Street,” according to the release. The man was transported to Kingston Police Headquarters and held to attend a bail hearing. He was charged with: three counts of assault, sexual assault, two counts of uttering threats to cause death, possession of a weapon for committing an offence, and two counts of breach of probation.
The following is a note from Kingston Police:
Kingston Police want to let victims of sexual assault know that it is their choice to disclose the incident to police. If you have been sexually assaulted or abused and are uncertain what to do, please attend the hospital and see the caring and compassionate staff at the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence clinic (SADV). The staff can help you with counselling and coping strategies in addition to providing testing for sexually transmitted diseases and providing access to HIV medication. If you are willing the staff will also complete the sexual assault evidence kit. Evidence can be collected up to twelve days following a sexual assault. Depending on the circumstances it may be possible for DNA evidence to be obtained from clothing after it has been washed. Your confidentiality is guaranteed and police will only be contacted by the hospital if you request it at the time. The SADV clinic will store the contents of the kit for a preliminary period of 6 months which offers a victim time to gather information on the process and decide on how they want to proceed.
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) kingstonpolice.ca
- Kingston Police Path of Strength Smartphone App https://www.kingstonpolice.ca/services/online/path-of-strength-app/
- Kingston Interval House http://kingstonintervalhouse.com/
- Kingston Sexual Assault Centre – http://sackingston.com/
- Resolve Counselling Services Canada https://resolvecounselling.org/
- KFACC (Kingston Frontenac Anti-violence Coordinating Committee) http://kfacc.org/. For men http://kfacc.org/do-you-need-help/for-men/
- Victim Services of Kingston and Frontenac (613-548-4834) http://victimservicesontario.ca/
- Addiction & Mental Health Services – Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington https://www.amhs-kfla.ca/
- Ministry of the Attorney General – Violence in the Family https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/violence.php
- Ministry of the Attorney General – Victim Services Directory http://services.findhelp.ca/ovss/
- Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres https://www.sadvtreatmentcentres.ca/
- Canadian Centre for Men and Families http://www.menandfamilies.org/