Lanesborough man held without bail after beating victim found 'nearly unrecognizable'


PITTSFIELD — Lanesborough Police said when they found an alleged assault victim on foot about 3 a.m. Saturday on Potter Mountain Road, she was "nearly unrecognizable," due to the injuries to her face.

"Tom Kirby did this to me," she said. "Go get him."

Kirby, 42, of Lanesborough is now being held without bail for up to 120 days following his arraignment and dangerousness hearing Wednesday in Central Berkshire District Court.

Officers were dispatched to the intersection of Potter Mountain Road and Churchill Street after receiving a call from the woman giving her location and stating she'd been assaulted.

She told police Kirby assaulted her while the two were at the Ponderosa Pines Campground and gave a description of the vehicle Kirby had been driving.

She was transported to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment of her injuries including a large bruise to her thigh and bruises and swelling to the left side of her face.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Megan Tesoniero said the victim could barely open her eye, due to the swelling and pain caused by the beating.

Police searched the campground and found Kirby sleeping in a camper near the truck.

Kirby said the two had argued but he didn't know where she'd gone.

Kirby's attorney, Thomas Donohue said his client had no marks or bruises on his hands that would indicate he'd punched or hit anyone and suggested the woman had received her injuries in some other manner.

Tesoniero cited Kirby's 11-page criminal record when arguing to keep him behind bars, a record which she said includes 26 larceny charges, 18 burglaries, three breaking and entering charges, four assaults and a half-dozen restraining orders having been filed against him.

Among those charges is a still-open case of assault and battery on a person over 60 for allegedly assaulting his mother last September.

Tesoniero called Kirby a "domestic batterer," and said his violent behavior is only escalating and there are fears that he will eventually kill the alleged victim.

Kirby pleaded not guilty before Judge Patrick Sabbs to one count of assault and battery on a family or household member.

Sabbs ordered he be held as dangerous and the case may be considered for indictment and transfer to Berkshire Superior Court, though that had not yet been determined by Wednesday afternoon.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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