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May 15, 2014

Victim in abuse case begs judge not to jail ex

PEABODY — “This has been a nightmare,” said the woman, whose ex-husband is charged with breaking her nose, splitting her face open underneath an eye and leaving her with a closed-head injury.

But the “nightmare” was not the pair of back-to-back attacks allegedly perpetrated by Christopher Troville, 40, of Revere, the Peabody woman’s ex, she contends.

Instead, it was the way police, child welfare officials, doctors and prosecutors dealt with the situation, she told a judge yesterday.

“I did not want this to happen,” said the woman, whose name is being withheld by The Salem News under a policy in which the paper does not identify victims of domestic abuse.

She was in court yesterday to try to convince Salem Superior Court Judge David Lowy to continue the charges against Troville without a finding and then dismiss them. It’s a disposition of a case that is rarely offered after someone has been indicted, as Troville was following the Aug. 12, 2013, incidents. A charge of attempted murder was originally included before it was reduced to assault and battery causing serious bodily injury.

A prosecutor is recommending a state prison term of three to five years, Lowy said he agrees that Troville should serve prison time.

Police were called to the woman’s home after Troville allegedly attacked her twice, the first time while she was driving home with him from dinner at her family’s home and inadvertently woke him up.

Prosecutor Kristen Buxton told the judge that Troville began assaulting her as she drove, so she pulled over near the Peabody Marriott. The prosecutor said Troville then pinned her down with his arm across her throat.

Then, at her home, the assault resumed when he heard sirens in the distance and mistakenly thought she had called police.

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