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Carbonear man charged with assault against teen girl


CARBONEAR, NL — A 19-year-old male from Carbonear is set to appear in court following an incident at a local house party.

According to Greg Hicks, staff sergeant for the Harbour Grace RCMP, a call was made early in the morning of Saturday, Nov. 11 to the Carbonear General Hospital, where a 17-year-old girl had been badly beaten following a physical altercation with the male earlier in the evening. Hicks said the incident, which took place in a residence in Carbonear, had a number of witnesses.

After speaking with the girl, RCMP charged Matthew Dwyer with assault causing bodily harm. Dwyer was held in custody for the remainder of the weekend, and released on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

The girl’s mother later took to social media, where she posted about the incident, accompanied by photos of the resulting injuries, which included bruises on her arms, a broken nose, and black eyes.

The mother wrote the social media post to curb rumours that had been circulating regarding the incident as well as to prevent similar events from happening again.

“She is strong she will get through this but his voice saying, ‘if you're going to shave your head like a man, you should fight like a man’ will echo in her ears for sometime,” she wrote in the post.

None of the allegations against Dwyer have been proven in court.

The post ends with a plea for parents to ask their children to avoid discussing the incident, which was under police investigation at the time, adding that the girl in question needs to start a healing process, and would like to put the situation behind her.

Dwyer is set to appear in Harbour Grace provincial court on Wednesday, Dec. 20 for an election and/or plea. Until then, he has been directed to avoid contact with the victim.

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