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Man accused of brutally beating woman granted bail


A 24-year-old man suspected of savagely beating a woman over the weekend in St. John’s has been freed from jail.

Matthew Paul King is shown entering provincial court in St. John’s in this file photo.

Matthew Paul King had a bail hearing this morning in provincial court. Judge Lori Marshall rendered her decision this afternoon.

The conditions of King's release include that he adhere to a curfew, abstain from drugs and alcohol and that he reside with his mother. He was also ordered to stay from the complainant.

He's due back in court May 4.

King was arrested following an incident Saturday night in the Goulds, where a woman was brutally assaulted. She suffered several injuries and was hospitalized for a day before being released.

It’s not the first King has been in trouble with the law. He’s served two federal prison terms and has several convictions on his criminal record, including armed robbery, assault causing bodily harm and breaching court orders, a driving prohibition and an order that he abstain from drinking.

In 2008, he was sentenced to three years in jail for an armed robbery.

In 2012, King was drunk when he viciously attacked a 5-foot-8, 105-lb., 16-year-old boy. It happened behind Peter’s Pizza on Hamlyn Road, where a group had gathered.

During his sentencing hearing, King rapped his apology to a piece he wrote, called “Forgiveness.”

He was sentenced to two years in jail and three years’ probation.

In August 2014, King pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, and misleading police by giving a false name. He was given a 66-day jail term.

At the time, King said he was tired of getting in trouble and vowed to turn his life around.

He was released from custody in March of this year for court breaches.

 

rmullaley@thetelegram.com

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