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August 14, 2013

Man held in attack on girlfriend

SALEM — A Salem man who was already on probation for assault and battery on his girlfriend is back behind bars after allegedly attacking her outside a North Salem pizza shop on Monday.

Salem District Court Judge Michael Lauranzano set bail at $5,000 for Michael J. Daley, 29, of 8 Chandler St. That’s twice as much as a prosecutor was seeking.

And Daley’s probation officer asked another judge yesterday to detain Daley in custody until a probation violation hearing on the earlier case.

Police were called to the North House of Pizza on North Street shortly after 4 p.m. for a report of a woman being assaulted in the parking lot, prosecutor Lynsey Legier told the judge.

The employees told police that the couple had just left in separate directions, the man walking away on foot after taking the woman’s purse, and the woman in a vehicle.

Police caught up with the woman, who was bleeding from a deep scratch. She said the couple had been arguing and the argument escalated.

Employees told police they saw Daley run after the woman at one point and hit her.

Legier pointed to Daley’s history of defaults in prior cases in seeking a high bail.

His attorney, Steve Reardon, urged a lower bail, saying his client had a “troubled upbringing” and has struggled with substance abuse. The lawyer acknowledged that Daley was recently “terminated” from a Salvation Army treatment program for violating a rule there and wound up back with his girlfriend.

Lauranzano, however, noticed that Daley was on probation and asked the attorneys who the victim was in the earlier case, from last February. When he learned that it was the same woman, he doubled the amount of bail sought by the prosecutor.

A status hearing in the case was set for Sept. 12.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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