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February 5, 2014

Judge: Abuser 'needs to be caged'

Martial arts instructor held without bail


It took another week to face her mother. “I was too scared to see her. I didn’t want her to see what I looked like.”

The young woman who had been so proud of losing weight, and who had posed, smiling, for photos showing off her shiny new hairstyle and highlights, is down to a frail-looking 104 pounds. Her nose, allegedly broken multiple times by Louf, is now pushed in closer to her face. Her front teeth are broken. She walks with a limp.

The woman said she began seeing dark spots on her eyes after one beating in which Louf kneed her in the face, and realized she had no peripheral vision. After returning home, she went to the doctor and learned that she had two detached retinas. “If you waited any longer, you would be totally blind,” she said the doctor told her.

While she wore sunglasses in court yesterday to protect her eyes from light after having surgery to repair the detached retinas, photos show that the area around her eyes is still dark and swollen.

There are marks on her face and neck from where she was punched and stabbed.

Her ears are deformed, a condition called “cauliflower ear,” commonly seen in boxers. One ear is still swollen; she said Louf jabbed a pair of scissors into it. A doctor still can’t examine the inner ear because of the swelling, she said.

The photos, which the prosecutor showed to the judge during the hearing, show marks all over her body, on her feet, torso and arms.

Louf’s attorney, Joseph Simons, suggested through his questions to her that her injuries were the result of her participation in mixed martial arts fighting at Louf’s studio, American Total Defense in Beverly.

“My client is an innocent man,” lawyer Joseph Simons told reporters outside court. “He’s being charged with crimes he did not commit.”

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