Former Lancashire man under house arrest in USA

Area: Boothbay Harbor
Area: Boothbay Harbor
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A former Lancashire man is currently under house arrest in America facing charges of assaulting his pregnant wife.

Mark Jolleys, 33, has been accused of using a belt in an attempt to strangle her and drag her around their apartment in Lincoln County, Maine, in December.

Jolleys and his wife had been living in the apartment in Boothbay Harbor after getting married in September.

But official papers say the couple allegedly started arguing, and according to a witness statement given to police, the woman was in the process of moving out on the night of December 26, 2013.

Jolleys, formerly of High Road, Halton, allegedly told the woman: “You can leave now, or I’m going to kill you. It’s your choice.”

He is alleged to have assaulted her before she fled the apartment and ran to an apartment next door, where she called the police.

Officer Fred Hutchings, of the Boothbay Harbor Police Department, responded and interviewed the couple.

The woman’s lips were blue, her neck was red, and she had bruises on her arm, Hutchings said in his report.

Hutchings arrested Jolleys at 1am the next day.

Mr Jolleys was remanded in the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset until a friend posted $10,000 bail on January 23, according to newspaper the Lincoln County News.

Jolleys’ bail conditions place him under house arrest from 6pm to 6am and require him to check in with the Wiscasset Police Department three times a week.

He surrendered his passport upon his release.

The conditions prohibit contact with the alleged victim, and require him to submit to random search and testing.

However according to Jolleys’ solicitor, Lisa Whittier, his alleged victim has since indicated she no longer wishes to proceed with the charges.