Alleged victim drops complaints
A man caught after he attempted to escape from custody last week had several charges against him dropped after his alleged victim refused to continue with her complaints.
Howard Ascento, 31, from Smith's, was remanded in custody on October 15 — but attempted to flee the court after his request for bail was refused by senior magistrate Juan Wolffe.
Mr Ascento returned to Magistrates' Court from custody yesterday for several of the charges against him to be mentioned.
The court heard that the complainant who had launched some of the claims against him wanted to withdraw her complaints.
Magistrate Tyrone Chin dismissed charges that he had caused grievous bodily harm to the woman, taken her car and keys without consent and deprived her of her freedom on September 4 last year.
Another charge related to the complainant — one of attempting to influence a witness on October 3 last year — was also dismissed.
But Mr Ascento is still charged with alleged offences involving another woman, including multiple alleged breaches of a domestic violence protection order and the use of threatening language.
He has maintained his innocence on the charges and will return to court next week.
Mr Ascento made headlines last week after he attempted to escape from the Dame Lois Browne-Evans Building on Court Street.
He jumped out of the dock, pushed past a police officer and ran from the court, but was stopped by a second officer before he was able to leave the building.
The escape attempt was not his first — in 2013 Mr Ascento made a successful attempt to flee the courts after he was sentenced to 10 days in prison for driving while disqualified.
He remained on the run for 19 days before he was caught by police on the roof of a house in Spring Hill, Warwick.
He was later sentenced to four months behind bars for escaping from custody.
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