Bail set high for Swanville man accused of beating estranged wife

Posted June 03, 2013, at 5:56 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A judge set high bail Monday afternoon on a 31-year-old Swanville man accused of beating and threatening to kill his estranged wife by slitting her throat.

Judge Susan Sparaco set bail at $5,000 cash for Nathaniel B. Hussey on charges of domestic violence assault, domestic violence terrorizing and violating a protection order.

Camden police arrested Hussey shortly before 10 p.m. Friday at Camden Hills State Park.

Police were called to the scene by a park ranger.

Hussey’s wife’s shirt was ripped and she had significant scratches on her shoulder, back and chest, according to the affidavit filed by Camden police in Rockland District Court.

The woman told police that the couple had been separated. She contacted her husband to try to work it out and invited him to go camping, according to the affidavit. They got into an argument when she accused him of getting a 16-year-old pregnant while they were apart, the affidavit stated.

He began hitting her and she rolled into a ball to protect herself, according to police, but he continued striking her.

Assistant District Attorney Jeff Baroody requested the high cash bail, saying this was a significant assault and that the victim feared that Hussey was going to kill her. The prosecutor cited Hussey’s criminal record that includes robbery convictions in 2001 and 2008.

Defense attorney Jeremy Pratt said his client maintains he acted in self defense. Hussey was invited to the campground and suffered scratches, Pratt said. The attorney said his client was willing to be banned from Knox County other than for work or court appearances if he was to be released on bail.

Pratt pointed out that the woman threw her tent into a fire during the argument.

Pratt asked for cash bail of no more than $500, saying otherwise his client would not be able to be released.

Sparaco agreed with the state about the seriousness of the allegation, specifically the alleged threat to slit his wife’s throat.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.

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