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Hadley man denied bail in alleged beating

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John K. Daley of 206 Russell St., Apt. 1, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown to charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, assault and battery resulting in serious bodily injury, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and battery, and intimidating a witness. He is due back in court July 15 for a dangerousness hearing.

Police arrested Daley Tuesday evening at his apartment after his 29-year-old girlfriend walked into the Hadley police station with her parents to report the incident. The woman had two black eyes, multiple bruises and abrasions and complained of pain in the back of her head, according to Police Sgt. Damion Shanley, who took the report.

The woman reported that she and Daley had been arguing on their way back from a concert in Saratoga, N.Y., early Tuesday morning when the altercation turned violent. The woman reported that Daley had struck her several times during the ride and that the physical violence got more aggressive when they returned to their Russell Street apartment, according to a police report. The pair had been dating for about two years.

Once home, the woman reported that Daley allegedly punched her in the back of the head and smacked her several times, threw objects at her, and “whipped her with a belt at times,” police said. He locked her in a closet for what could have been hours, the victim told police, took her cellphone and would not let her leave the apartment.

At one point, Daley allegedly sat on the woman while she was in a defensive position, during which time he wrapped his hands around her mouth and nose to prevent her from breathing, according to a police report.

“She further described being scared that he was going to kill her and that she lost consciousness for a while,” Shanley wrote in his report.

The woman fled the apartment after she eventually awoke and found Daley sleeping. She later returned to the apartment to gather some of her things, intending to leave again, during which time Daley allegedly struck her in the back of the head and ripped her shirt, she told police. The woman then called her parents for help, and a judge issued a restraining order against Daley.

Shanley and officer Jesse Green arrested Daley at his home Tuesday night. They reported he was hostile and moderately impaired when they took him into custody.

“During transport, Daley was confrontational and shouted obscenities and threats from the back seat the entire time,” according to one police report.

Daley was held overnight on $10,000 bail prior to his arraignment the next day.

Dan Crowley can be reached at dcrowley@gazettenet.com.

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