Bail denied for NH woman accused of telling ex-girlfriend 'I will (expletive) kill you'
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MANCHESTER — A woman facing a myriad of charges including felonious aggravated sexual assault and criminal threatening with a firearm appeared in court Thursday for a bail hearing.
Rebekah Spencer, 28, of Manchester, was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of second-degree domestic assault, simple assault, preventative detention, felony receiving stolen property, criminal threatening with a firearm, and aggravated felonious sexual assault with a curling iron.
In an affidavit describing the incident, the responding officer arrived on the scene of what was initially reported as a domestic assault on Belmont Street in Manchester.
When he arrived on scene, he made contact with the alleged victim who was visibly upset and shaking. The victim told the officer that she was held down and choked by her ex-girlfriend who she identified as Spencer. According to the woman's statement, the two had broken up about six months prior, but Spencer remained living in the residence as she was homeless.
In the process of talking with the victim, it was discovered that the incident was much more than domestic assault.
The order of events as explained by the victim are as follows. The victim arrived at the apartment just before 7 a.m. Tuesday. Spencer was going through the victim's phone and began to accuse her of cheating and being a prostitute. The accusation sparked a verbal argument which resulted in Spencer beginning to pack a bag to leave. The victim believed that Spencer was placing some of her belongings in the bag so she took the bag from Spencer, according to the affidavit.
Spencer then walked across the residence and into a nearby bedroom and closed the door. The two continued to argue through the door. A short time later Spencer left the bedroom and entered the kitchen, grabbed the victim by the hair and threw her to the floor causing the victim to hit her head. Spencer is then alleged to have taken the victim's head, hitting it against the floor a number of times before putting her knees on the victim's chest and began choking her.
According to the victim, this caused her to lose consciousness.
When the victim regained consciousness she told the officer that she was being dragged by her hair into her bedroom, according to the affidavit.
Once in the room, the affidavit states that Spencer picked up a box fan and began to hit the victim over the head three or four times, resulting in her going in and out of consciousness. Spencer is then said to have taken keys to the apartment saying,"I will be coming back."
At this point, the victim attempted to stop Spencer from leaving by grabbing her from behind.
According to the affidavit, Spencer had turned around and was holding a black handgun to the right side of the victim's face and neck before saying, "I will f--king kill you." Spencer then took the gun and put it under her own chin and said, "better yet, I'll kill myself."
The victim stated that after that happened, she was thrown down onto a mattress that was on the floor and her pants were pulled down by Spencer who took a curling iron and attempted to put in the victim's vagina. The victim believes the curling iron did go in but did not know how far, according to the affidavit.
Spencer then left the apartment to go to an appointment at a local methadone clinic.
Officer Garrett Bombard testified at the bail hearing that the order of events took some time to nail down and that there are some inconsistencies with statements from other witnesses.
One of the inconsistencies was discussed when the defense cross examined Bombard. He said that a witness, who happened to be in the room that Spencer entered at the beginning of the argument, told detectives that Spencer had asked him to call the police. The officer also said that it was his understanding that the witness did see Spencer throw the alleged victim to the floor.
Some claims of inconsistencies were not able to be confirmed as Bombard was not familiar enough with those pieces of the case.
Bombard also said that he spoke with Spencer shortly, who told him that the incident was purely verbal.
Many of the items described by the victim were found in the apartment and taken into evidence including the fan and curling iron. A notable item that was missing from evidence and has not been found is the gun that was alleged to have been used to threaten the other woman.
Spencer's defense attorney argued that because there was a possible issue with the credibility of the alleged victim's statement that the judge should set bail at $2,000 cash or surety.
The judge did not allow for bail due to the nature of the charges, Spencer's criminal history, and her potential danger to the public. Her next court appearance has not yet been set.