July 30th, 2006 | researchmaterial
Prosecutors say a man shoved a cellphone down his girlfriend’s throat because he was angry and jealous. But the defence insisted as a trial got underway that the woman swallowed the phone intentionally to keep him from seeing whom she had been calling.
Marlon Brando Gill, 24, is charged with first-degree assault in the December incident involving 25-year-old Melinda Abell.
Abell has given inconsistent accounts of what happened before she was taken to a hospital, where an emergency room doctor removed the phone.
She testified Tuesday on the first day of Gill’s trial that she couldn’t remember how the phone got in her throat, saying she had too much to drink that night.
She said in court that she could not recall writing a statement to police after the incident, in which she said: “I think he thought I’d been talking to other guys. . . . He took my phone to see who I had been calling.” However, the statement added: “If I didn’t want him to see my phone, I would have just thrown it out the window and busted it.”
She testified that he had verbally and physically abused her, but under cross-examination she acknowledged she never told police about the abuse and continued to live with Gill until the cellphone incident…