CIRCUIT COURT — The defense attorney for a Tilton man who allegedly fled from Laconia police while driving a stolen vehicle on September 28 said his client is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since being the victim of a stabbing in February.
Atty. Justin Littlefield argued in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division that Corey Cromwell, 26, formerly of 18 Pine Street in Tilton should have his bail reduced from $2,000 cash to personal recognizance so he can get some mental health treatment.
"Mr. Cromwell was a victim of a pretty horrific incident," said Littlefield, adding that his client wants and needs some mental health treatment that he can't get while he is incarcerated.
Cromwell is charged with one count of receiving stolen property — a car reported stolen from Bay Street, one count of disobeying an officer, and one count of criminal mischief for damages he allegedly caused to the property of St. Andre Bessette Parish on Union Avenue while fleeing from police on September 28.
On February 23, 2014, Cromwell and two of his friends were ambushed while they walked up the stairs to Cromwell's former apartment in Belmont. Cromwell was stabbed eight or nine times including one cut to his throat. He was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon for treatment.
"He has had a difficult time coping with that incident and further incarceration won't help," Littlefield said.
Laconia Prosecutor Jim Sawyer said Cromwell should continue to be held on cash bail. He said Cromwell fled from the police in a car that was found burning in Gilford a short time later.
Sawyer noted that Cromwell was still being held on $500 cash bail for a recent drug arrest in Tilton, that he was charged recently in Sanbornton for having a false inspection sticker, and he is facing an operation after suspension in the Laconia Courts.
Sawyer said that Gilford Police are working with the Belknap County Attorney's Office to get Cromwell indicted for arson.
Littlefield said Cromwell hasn't been charged with arson and since that issue is not before the court it should not be a consideration for bail.
Littlefield also said his client would live with his mother in Hillsborough County (the actual address is sealed and unavailable to the public) and would abide by any bail conditions set by the court.
He said Cromwell has a good job and his mother, who was in the courtroom, needs the financial help her son can give her.
Judge Jim Carroll said he would reduce Cromwell's bail from $2,000 cash to $1,500 cash. Should he post it, he is ordered to seek mental health counseling, report to the court every Thursday morning for compliance court, and remain in his mother's house in Hillsborough County.
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