Judge orders man to stay out of Laconia after alleged assault

LACONIA — A Jewett Street man was released on $5,000 personal recognizance after appearing in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division in response to two counts of assault that allegedly occurred Sunday night at 7:30 p.m..

Richard Sweeney, 31., is accused of pushing his girlfriend backwards causing her to injure her ankle and then grabbing her son in a "bear hug" to try to take his phone away and prevent him from calling the police.

The incident is alleged to have occurred in the residence all three shared.

Police affidavits said the son told them Sweeney and his girlfriend had been arguing or most of the evening and when the argument started to escalate, he picked up a shared telephone to call the police.

He said Sweeney allegedly "bear hugged" him and scratched him. When the boys mother went to break them up, Sweeney allegedly pushed her. Responding officers noticed the boy's hand was cut and his mother's ankle was swollen.

Judge Jim Carroll agreed to release Sweeney as long as he lives in Peterborough with his uncle, not come into Laconia unless it is for court or medical issues, and to say completely off Jewett Street when he is in Laconia.