Chatham man charged with repeatedly assaulting girlfriend

A 30-year-old Chatham man has been charged with repeatedly assaulting his girlfriend.

The first incident occurred on May 14th in the early afternoon. Police say the man and a woman he was in a relationship with, were at their residence when they got into an argument.  The argument escalated and the man allegedly hit the woman on the head with an object causing a goose egg.  This incident was not reported to police nor was there any medical attention sought.

Two days later at 9:30 a.m. the man and the woman were inside their residence when another argument ensued.  The man then grabbed the woman and dragged her to the ground.  Once on the ground, he continued to strike her.  The woman covered her head with her arms and while she did this, the man held an object to the back of her neck and threatened to harm her with it.  She did not report this incident to the police, nor did she seek any medical attention.

The very next morning at 4 a.m. the woman was lying in bed when the man entered and then began hitting her.  As she tried to cover her head with her arms, he allegedly started striking her wrists which caused them to swell.  She was able to leave the residence and attended the hospital for her injuries.  However, she did not disclose to the medical staff what had happened.

Yesterday at 11:55 a.m. the woman attended the police station and reported all the above incidents to an officer.

At 3 p.m. police located the man at an address in Chatham that was not his own residence and he was arrested.  The man was charged with assault with a weapon, assault x 2 and utter threats.

He was transported to Chatham-Kent Police Service Headquarters where he has been held for a bail hearing.

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