Pittsfield man accused of beating girlfriend is held without bail


PITTSFIELD -- Two months after getting out of jail for threatening a woman with a knife, a city man is being held without bail after allegedly beating up a different woman.

Kevin Bailey, 32, of Indian Orchard, allegedly attacked his 46-year-old girlfriend during an argument at her Pittsfield home just after midnight Monday, throwing her to the ground and kicking her repeatedly. After she got back to her feet, Bailey allegedly slapped her across the face and again threw her to the floor, according to police and prosecutors.

The woman said she was badly bruised in the attack. It was unclear if she sought medical attention. The woman was granted a restraining order against Bailey.

After being taken into custody, Bailey was uncooperative with police and was subdued with pepper spray, according to the police report.

Bailey apologized to the woman and the judge during the restraining order hearing on Monday in Central Berkshire District Court, saying he had no memory of the alleged attack or his arrest, and blamed it on alcohol. He admitted he had a bad temper.

He pleaded not guilty to felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor assault and battery.

According to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Andrew Giarolo, Bailey, besides having a long criminal record, has had 11 restraining orders against him over the years involving seven different women. The restraining order granted to the victim on Monday is Bailey's 12th, the prosecutor said. Giarolo told the court the defendant was a danger to the woman, and to any woman he gets involved with, and asked the court to hold him without bail.

Bailey's attorney, Thomas M. Sherman Jr., said that the restraining order was enough to keep his client away from the woman and asked that he be released on personal recognizance.

Judge Paul M. Vrabel ordered Bailey held without bail for 90 days. He is scheduled to be back in court Feb. 13.

Bailey's last case stemmed from a March incident in which he threatened a 42-year-old woman he was dating with a knife, stabbed the bedroom wall and threw "her around like a rag doll" during a domestic disturbance, according to a prosecutor at the time of Bailey's sentencing in June.

Bailey was released from the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction in October after serving close to eight months on the charges of assault and battery and assault.

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