Amesbury man receives jail time after ‘brutal assault’

Jun. 20 — AMESBURY – A neighborhood man charged with attempting to strangle a girl in a bath pleaded responsible and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail.

Matthew Campbell, 34, of Currier Road, Amesbury, noticed all however 56 days of his sentence suspended for 3 years Wednesday whereas on probation for 3 counts of assault and battery of a household / family member.

Newburyport District Court docket Choose Allen Swan additionally gave Campbell credit score for 56 days already served behind bars.

Two counts of strangulation / suffocation, three counts of assault and battery with a harmful weapon and an intimidating a witness cost have been continued with no discovering for 3 years. He pleaded responsible to threatening to commit a criminal offense (homicide) and was sentenced to 56 days in jail already served.

For the primary seven months of probation, Campbell was ordered to bear residence confinement and put on a GPS monitoring machine. All through probation, they will need to have no contact with the sufferer, abide by all retraining orders, and stay drug and alcohol free whereas receiving random screens.

Campbell was arrested Nov. 18, hours after the assault. In early December, Swan discovered Campbell was too harmful to be awarded bail whereas awaiting a trial and ordered him to be held in custody.

However Campbell appealed Swan’s ruling to a Superior Court docket decide who mentioned the defendant might get out of jail whereas awaiting a trial if he posts $ 1,000 bail and follows a number of circumstances. These circumstances included around-the-clock home arrest, sporting a GPS monitoring machine, and remaining drug and alcohol free. Campbell posted bail Wednesday within the District Court docket.

Throughout Campbell’s arraignment, Essex County prosecutor Shailagh Kennedy mentioned she was “enacting a brutal assault” when she shoved the girl whereas she was showering, pressured her to the underside of the bathtub, and tried to strangle her to the purpose the place she was changing into lightheaded .

An Amesbury police report mentioned Campbell saved the girl within the toilet for about 5 minutes earlier than letting her put garments on and go away.

As soon as in the lounge, they allegedly shoved her in opposition to a sofa and onto the ground. When the girl tried to depart the residence, Campbell reportedly blocked her and grabbed her cellphone. He then knocked her to the bottom once more, this time in a stairway, and tried to immobilize her, the report mentioned.

“She mentioned she was wrestling to realize management of her and stating ‘I will kill you. You’ll by no means see your loved ones once more,'” Amesbury police officer Teagan Davis wrote in her report.

The disturbance drew the eye of a neighbor who heard a girl screaming for assist and banged on Campbell’s residence door to ask if all the things was all proper. That distraction allowed the girl to get away from Campbell. She finally bolted from the residence and drove to her dad and mom’ home, in response to police.

The neighbor mentioned the girl was calling out for assist however her voice was muffled as if somebody was blocking her mouth, in response to Davis’ report.

The neighbor known as police, who arrived a couple of minutes later. Campbell was now not there, prompting the police to announce the world police departments to be looking out for him and to go looking the world. Campbell finally returned to the residence and was arrested.

Police have been capable of finding the girl at her dad and mom’ residence and Davis spoke to her on the telephone. Throughout the dialog, the girl advised Davis that Campbell “assaulted and strangled her a number of occasions earlier than she was in a position to break away and get away in her automotive,” Davis wrote in her report.

The incident started earlier within the night on the close by Barking Canine bar. The 2 bought into an argument, prompting the girl to depart and go to Campbell’s residence.

Campbell insisted they proceed their argument, just for her to ask for area. Not glad along with her reply, they barged into the lavatory and demanded they resume their argument.

When she refused, she pushed the girl arduous sufficient for her to lose her stability and bang her head. He then shoved apart the bathe curtain and attacked her whereas she was mendacity within the tub, in response to police.

Dave Rogers is a reporter with the Each day Information of Newburyport. Electronic mail him at: drogers@newburyportnews.com. Comply with him on Twitter @drogers41008.

Dave Rogers is a reporter with the Each day Information of Newburyport. Electronic mail him at: drogers@newburyportnews.com. Comply with him on Twitter @drogers41008.

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