BENNINGTON -- Strict conditions were placed on a South Street man after he was accused of strangling his girlfriend and assaulting her.
Christopher Mahoney, 23, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to first degree aggravated domestic assault, and misdemeanor domestic assault. He was released on conditions he abide by a 24-hour curfew, not drink alcohol, check in daily at the Bennington Police Department -- twice daily on weekends -- and not have contact with or go near the alleged victim.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Cpl. Andy Hunt, on Sunday shortly before 10 p.m. he went to Pleasant Street where a woman reported being strangled by her boyfriend. Mahoney answered the door and appeared intoxicated.
Hunt wrote that the woman had been in an argument with Mahoney over him being out drinking. She said he squeezed her throat after knocking her down and that she could not breathe for 30 to 45 seconds. After he let her up, she followed him, yelling, so he took her by the throat again and slammed her to the ground, hurting her knee. She told him she would call police, to which he responded by grinning and holding his hands up in a way that reminded her of "The Joker" character from the recent Batman movies.
Mahoney said nothing physical happened between him and the woman. He said the dried blood on his lip and scratch on his chest was from something else earlier in the week. Police said his blood-alcohol content was .231 percent.
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