By BEA LEWIS, for The Laconia Daily Sun
LACONIA — A former Laconia man who served a prison term after being convicted of a string of arson fires in the city is now scheduled to stand trial in Concord on charges he seriously injured a man he assaulted.
Jason Clairmont, 39, of 19 Ormond St., Concord, is accused of two counts of second-degree assault. On June 24, 2016, Clairmont is alleged to have repeatedly punched a man in the head causing facial fractures and causing him to fall and suffer a break in his left upper arm above the elbow. The assaults are reported to have occurred at 125 Loudon Road in Concord.
Initially ordered held on $1,000 cash bail, a judge agreed to allow it to revert to $10,000 personal recognizance for four days in mid-December to allow Clairmont to travel to Massachusetts to pay his final respects to his father, prior to his removal from life support.
In arguing against the bail amendment, Prosecutor George Waldron said Clairmont was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of simple assault, criminal threatening and obstructing the report of a crime in connection with the incident. Police initially also charged him with kidnapping for confining the man in his truck, but it was dismissed after a circuit court judge found no probable cause.
The dismissal, Waldron said, does not preclude the state from presenting the allegations to a grand jury for possible indictment.
Waldron said Clairmont is accused of breaking the victim's arm by throwing him to the ground and fracturing his eye socket by pummeling him, while confining him in a vehicle being driven by the defendant while threatening the man with what the victim believed was a firearm.
The case is now scheduled to go to trial in mid-July. As conditions of his release on bail, Clairmont was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim, or drink any alcohol.
In July 2014, Clairmont admitted that he set fire to a Volkswagen Jetta parked at a residence on Academy Street, and also burned the lattice work on an enclosed porch of a home at 91 Highland St. He also confessed to having previously torched the convertible top of a second Volkswagen parking behind the Funky Monkey the prior fall.
He was sentenced to 1 to 5 years in prison and ordered to pay more than $21,000 in restitution to his victims.
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