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May 17, 2015 3:18 PM

Possible motive presented in Dover sucker-punch case


DOVER — A man accused of sucker-punching and breaking another man's jaw last month may have been angry about comments made to a woman who was part of his group.

The alleged motive came up during a court hearing, as reported by Fosters Daily Democrat.

Thomas Joy, 24, of Rochester is accused of punching Nate Jones, 33, of Somersworth, outside the Dover Brickhouse after midnight on April 2, leaving Jones with a broken jaw, loose teeth and cuts on his face.

Strafford County Assistant Attorney Jennifer Chase presented the Dover District Court with details about why Dover police believe it was Joy who punched Jones in the face.

“Allegedly Mr. Joy did not like the way Mr. Jones spoke to a female in Mr. Joy’s party, and he responded by punching Mr. Jones in the face,” Chase told the court.

Joy was arrested and charged with second-degree assault in connection with the incident and was transferred to state prison for parole violations.

Joy waived his probable cause on Friday, and the case against him now heads to a Strafford County grand jury.

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