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April 10, 2014

Man gets probation for assaulting Middleton woman

MIDDLETON — A formerly homeless man from Lawrence was sentenced to three years of probation yesterday after admitting to a charge of assault and battery on a woman who had initially told police she was just trying to help him out last year.

Charles Kinyanjuy, 26, was originally facing two counts of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury on the woman, 48, who told police that Kinyanjuy had tried to strangle her with two electrical cords on the night of May 12 as she was in bed recovering from surgery.

But under the terms of a plea agreement accepted yesterday by Salem Superior Court Judge David Lowy, Kinyanjuy pleaded only to the reduced, misdemeanor count of assault and battery, a deal that spares him not only any further time in jail but, potentially, deportation to his native Kenya.

Instead, he’ll be required to wear a GPS bracelet and have no contact with the woman. He is also required to submit to random drug and alcohol tests and undergo a mental health evaluation.

The woman, who suffered bruising and other soft-tissue injuries to her throat, initially told police that Kinyanjuy was her daughter’s former boyfriend and that she’d simply tried to help him out with a warm meal on the night of the attack.

She told police that she had asked him to leave and thought he had. Then she realized that he’d returned to her bedroom. While she was groggy from painkillers, Kinyanjuy grabbed the cords from a heating pad and a laptop and tried to strangle her to death, she said.

Kinyanjuy’s attorney, Raymond Buso, said his client has “an extremely different version of events” of that night, though he also said that Kinyanjuy, an alcoholic, does not recall much of what happened.

It eventually emerged that the woman, a nurse, and Kinyanjuy had been romantically involved after Kinyanjuy and the woman’s daughter broke up, making it a case of domestic violence.

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