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Woman pleads not guilty in domestic assault case

WAKEFIELD — A Richmond woman who asked to end a no-contact order that bars her from having contact with the man she is accused of physically attacking remains in place despite her pleas Thursday to 4th Division District Court Judge Madeline Quirk.

Elizabeth Gardiner, 52, of 54 Kingstown Road, pleaded not guilty to charges of domestic simple assault and domestic disorderly conduct after Richmond police said she threw a 10-ounce can of beer at her husband’s head after he “called her a name and unplugged the stereo,” according to a police report read by Det. Drew Bishop.

Meanwhile, her husband of 38 years, Ray Matteson, standing beside a victim’s advocate, asked the judge to drop the no-contact order because Gardiner has no place to stay and they’ve been together 38 years.

Quirk considered the plea, but added that she would have to be in touch with pretrial services where she would be set up with substance abuse counseling, be monitored for alcohol use and also be available for domestic classes. Gardiner asked if the people would be coming to her house. Quirk said yes. Gardiner answered, “No, no, no.

Gardiner reiterated her need to have the no-contact order lifted, indicating vehicles at the house were needed for her transportation. Quirk reminded Gardiner that the charges had nothing to do with cars, nor did the no-contact order.

The judge decided against ending the no-contact order, at least until the case moves further through the court process. She warned Gardiner she could find herself in prison if she violates the order. Gardiner pleaded not guilty and was released on a promise to appear on July 3.



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