Revealed: 5/6/2021 3:19:27 PM
A District Court docket choose held in jail a Harmony police detective who was accused of strangling his spouse final fall after he was arrested once more this week for violating the phrases of his launch.
Bryan Croft of Boscawen was charged with stalking and contempt of court docket for secretly assembly his spouse, whom he had allegedly abused the 12 months earlier than. In accordance with his bail situations, Croft couldn’t come inside 1,000 ft of his spouse.
Choose David Anderson ordered Croft to be incarcerated till a listening to is held, someday subsequent week, to find out if his bail from the preliminary chargers, together with 5 felonies, needs to be revoked.
Assistant Lawyer Normal Tim Sullivan argued Thursday that Croft had already violated his bail as soon as, plus he represented a menace to the sufferer.
“The violence she described began with easy assault, pushing, hitting,” Sullivan advised the choose, “and it escalated as much as the purpose the place she described a strangulation occasion that occurred in October.
“There’s a presumption,” Sullivan continued, “that the defendant might be unable to rebut that there’s merely no situation which might guarantee that he is not going to commit a brand new crime in the neighborhood, but additionally there’s clear and convincing proof that he presents a hazard to the sufferer..”
The protection argued that Croft’s spouse, at instances, has been the one who initiated contact with Croft, and that needs to be considered.
Croft, who’s the son of Merrimack County Sheriff David Croft, stays on unpaid go away from the Harmony Police Division.
Croft was first arrested in January on prices stemming from a home violence incident in October.
In accordance with court docket paperwork, Croft is accused of strangling his spouse whereas she held their toddler son, after which forcing her outdoors, earlier than bolting the door with a sequence. Croft then slammed the door on his spouse’s arm as she reached inside to unlock the door, the state charged.
“These had been important violent acts,” Sullivan mentioned on the arraignment listening to in January.
Croft was charged with 5 felonies, together with second-degree assault, witness tampering and falsifying bodily proof.
Police mentioned Croft requested his spouse to lie, telling authorities she was harm whereas shifting train gear within the dwelling. Authorities additionally charged Croft with ordering his spouse to delete photograph and video proof from her cellphone.
Croft’s arrest for violating bail stemmed from nameless suggestions and GPS monitoring, which confirmed that he was assembly together with his spouse in Boscawen.