Pittsfield man accused of throwing his girlfriend down the stairs

Saturday March 30, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- A city man charged last week with allegedly trying to sell drugs to customers, including a 10-year-old, at a convenience store is being held without bail after he was arrested for allegedly pushing an ex-girlfriend down a set of stairs, said police.

Corey J. McNamara, 26, who police say is homeless, appeared in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery and had his bail revoked by Judge Fredric D. Rutberg on the earlier case involving the drugs.

According to police and prosecutors, at about 3:20 a.m. on Thursday, McNamara attacked his 26-year-old ex-girlfriend on the front porch of her Glenwood Avenue residence, pushed her down the stairs, went tumbling down himself, and then began punching her in the face.

The woman was in court on Friday with a splint on her left ankle and a black eye. She received a restraining order against McNamara.

She told the court that McNamara had been hiding around the corner while his friend banged on her door in the middle of the night. When she came outside, she and McNamara locked on to one another before she was thrown down the stairs, she said.

Attorney Isabel Colonna, who represented the defendant for the hearing, said her client’s story of what happened was very different than what the alleged victim said happened. Colonna didn’t elaborate on how the stories differed.

The attorney said that McNamara and his ex-girlfriend have had a tumultuous past and that the woman once served time in jail for pushing McNamara’s head through a glass window.

At the time of the alleged attack, McNamara was out on $200 bail.

In that case, police were called March 21 to a convenience store on First Street and allegedly arrested McNamara for possession of four prescription pills.

According to a police report, a "highly intoxicated" McNamara was attempting to sell drugs to customers at the store, including a 10-year-old boy, and the clerks.

"Want anything? Benzos? Weed? Shrooms?" McNamara allegedly asked one of the clerks. "I can get anything you want."

On Friday, the judge, citing the "odd facts" of the first case and the violence of the second, pulled the defendant’s bail. He can be held for up to 60 days. He was given $100 bail on the new case.

McNamara is expected back in court with his attorney Alexander R. Shmulsky on April 18.


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