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July 9, 2014

Philip Renard III gets jail for attacking girlfriend

SALEM — A Swampscott man has been ordered to serve 18 months in jail for a violent and apparently unprovoked attack on his girlfriend in her Salem bedroom in February.

Philip Renard III, 27, of 36 Elwin St., pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of aggravated domestic assault and battery, stemming from the attack on his 22-year-old girlfriend in the early-morning hours of Feb. 6.

During the incident, the young woman sustained a fracture to the left side of her face, which was covered in bruises. She also appeared to have been bitten on the arm and under her armpit and strangled, leaving burst blood vessels in her eyes and marks on her neck and chest, according to a police report.

The young woman told police that she and Renard had been drinking at a Beverly bar, then took a cab to Salem, where she lives with her parents on Jefferson Avenue.

While in bed together, the woman said, Renard suddenly attacked her, according to a police report. She did not know what provoked the violence, which ended only when Renard apparently heard her father getting ready for work.

Renard climbed out a window, police said. The woman then slept until noon, when her mother saw her and took her to the police station to make a report and then to the hospital.

Salem Superior Court Judge Howard Whitehead sentenced Renard to 21/2 years in jail, with 18 months to be served and the balance suspended for two years, during which Renard will be on probation.

He’ll be required as conditions of his probation to attend a batterer’s treatment program, undergo drug and alcohol evaluations and random tests, attend Alcoholics Anonymous, have no contact with the victim and obey any restraining orders in place against him.

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

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