Paul A. Morani, 23, of East Boston, Massachusetts, was arrested this past weekend for allegedly beating and robbing his own girlfriend because she broke his cell phone during an argument. Morani was formally with Armed Robbery and Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.
According to the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Morani allegedly beat his girlfriend with a knife and punched her several times int he face. He also allegedly demanded she give him $200 and threatened further violence if she did not give him the money. The girlfriend ultimately walked into Boston Police Headquarters and reported the incident, from which she suffered multiple fractured ribs and injuries to her face and wrist.
Morani was not immediately charged in July because his whereabouts were unknown. He was believed to have gone to New Hampshire and even Las Vegas. An anonymous tip this past weekend, however, led Boston Police Officers to the Comfort Inn on American Legion Highway in Dorchester where he was arrested.
Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon:
In Massachusetts, the crime of Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon is punishable with imprisonment to the House of Corrections for up to 2.5 years; or to state prison for up to 10 years.
In order to be convicted of the crime of Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, the prosecutor at trial would have the burden of proving, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant intentionally committed an unwelcome touching, no matter how slight, with a dangerous weapon. In this regard, the prosecutor would have to prove that the touching was intentionally, and not accidental or negligent.
For purposes of the crime of Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, it is irrelevant whether there was any intent to cause injury, nor whether any actual injury resulted. Rather, any slight touching, so long as it was done with a dangerous weapon, is sufficient.