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Hooksett judge expected to rule soon in police officer's assault case

Union Leader Correspondent

March 24. 2014 5:25PM
Attorney Eric Wilson, left, speaks with Manchester Police Officer William Soucy during Soucy’s trial in Hooksett District Court Monday. Soucy is on trial for simple assault charges stemming from an April incident at his Hooksett home. Ryan O’Connor/Union Leader Correspondent 

HOOKSETT— A judge is expected to rule in the next 10 days on whether Manchester police officer William Soucy is guilty of simple assault.


Hooksett District Court Justice Kristen Spath took under consideration evidence in a three-hour trial Monday.


Soucy allegedly held the wrist of ex-girlfriend Joni Nunn in an April 2013 domestic argument, causing bleeding and bruising to her lower arm and hand.


Defense attorney Eric Wilson cited Soucy's account to Hooksett police investigators in which he acknowledged the argument, but claimed it was Nunn who was the aggressor.


Soucy told police Nunn pushed him and kicked him in the shin before gathering her belongings and leaving his Hooksett residence.


Prosecutor Kimberly Chabot argued Nunn had no reason to attack Soucy.


Rather, Chabot claimed Soucy was attempting to remove a bag containing an Apple TV from Nunn's hand, which caused the injuries. Minutes after the reported incident, Nunn took a photo of her injured hands from her car and sent an email to Soucy.


Soucy was 52 last July when he turned himself in at the Hooksett police station and was charged with misdemeanor assault.


Soucy’s younger brother is a lieutenant, and his uncle, Peter Favreau, was a former Manchester police chief.


At the time of Soucy’s arrest, Manchester police said they had heard allegations of a domestic assault from a relative of Nunn, shortly after the alleged incident took place.


Manchester police located Nunn, who according to police was reluctant to speak until provided with victim counseling services through the YWCA.


Once Manchester police determined the alleged assault took place in Hooksett, they contacted Hooksett police.


Chabot said she expects Spath to make a decision in the next seven to 10 days.

Courts Hooksett

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