LOWELL -- When the victim walked into the Middlesex District Attorney's Lowell office March 12, she described to prosecutors incidents of alleged abuse.
The victim described being kicked and beaten by her boyfriend, being locked in a room, and having water forced down her throat using a garden hose.
In Lowell District Court on Wednesday, Rodrigo Kestering Zapelini, 40, of 14 13th St., pleaded not guilty to charges of: attempted murder (two counts), kidnapping (two counts), assault and battery (two counts), and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (two counts) for incidents that date to March and July 2013.
While prosecutors sought $10,000 cash bail, defense attorney Lindsay Kanter argued for Zapelini's release saying there is a "strong possibility of fabrication'' since the alleged victim didn't report the allegations until nearly a year later.
Judge Stacey Fortes ordered Zapelini held on $5,000 cash bail. Zapelini, who has a pending assault case, will be back in court on March 24.
Prosecutor James Puritz said the alleged victim walked into the district attorney's office March 12 to report several incidents of alleged abuse.
In one incident, Puritz alleges Zapelini used a garden hose to force water into the victim's mouth, then dragged her back into his home, and threw her into a shower with her clothes on while calling her derogatory names.
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