Bail denied in alleged case of domestic abuse
NORTHAMPTON — A city man with a history of assault charges and violating restraining orders is being held without bail after denying he burned a woman with a cigarette and beat her with a clothes hanger.
Donald A. Edwards, 52, of 43 Center St., Apt. 60, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Tuesday to two counts of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
He was ordered by Judge Jacklyn Connly held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing May 15.
The decision to deny bail was based on Edwards’ four prior convictions on assault and battery charges and the fact that he violated restraining orders five times, according to court files.
Police said Edwards has had at least 12 restraining orders taken out against him in the past, none of which are active.
According to police and court records, police responded about 3:30 p.m. Monday to the home of the woman to perform a well-being check after she had missed a scheduled appointment.
There was concern for the woman, according to police, because she had made statements in the past about wanting to get a restraining order against Edwards.
Police spoke to the woman who confirmed she had considered getting a restraining order against Edwards — although she had not done so — because he had been abusive.
When police asked her to explain, she said Edwards recently allegedly had stubbed out a cigarette on her while she was sleeping and showed officers three red marks on her stomach, which were photographed by police.
She also told police that sometime in the past few weeks Edwards was angry at her and allegedly took a metal coat hanger, bent it and beat her across the thighs with it.
When asked by police, Edwards said he knew nothing about the cigarette burns or the coat hanger.
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