LOWELL -- Dracut police say jealously over a new boyfriend and a joke about a bathrobe triggered an argument where items were broken, hot coffee was tossed, and a blow to the nose left a former boyfriend bleeding and his ex-girlfriend under arrest for assault.
Diana M. Billington, 34, of 54 Hemlock St., Dracut, was released on $250 cash bail after pleading not guilty in Lowell District Court on Monday to charges of assault with a dangerous weapon (fry pan) and assault and battery. She was ordered to stay away and have no contacted with the victim, and abide by the restraining order.
Dracut police say the 55-year-old victim walked into the police station at 11 a.m. on Saturday to report the assault. The victim was bleeding from the nose and complained of dizziness. He was transported to Lowell General Hospital.
The victim told police that 30 minutes earlier he had an argument with Billington, his former girlfriend and now his housemate. During the argument about Billington moving out, she allegedly threw a hot cup of coffee in his face and he pushed her, the victim alleges.
He alleges that Billington punched him in the face and grabbed a fry pan from the stove and swung it at his head, according to court documents. The victim believes the fry pan "glanced"' off his head, but there were no injuries to his head, documents state.
When police spoke to Billington, she said she rented the home for five years from the alleged victim, during which time they dated and broke up a month ago.
Billington alleges that at 10 a.m. that morning, she came down to the kitchen to find the alleged victim standing in his bathrobe. She admits she made fun of the robe, which triggered an argument, court documents state.
Billington told police that the alleged victim threw an empty glass in her direction, broke on the floor but didn't hit her. She allegedly retaliated by throwing a cop of hot coffee on the victim, she allegedly told police.
The alleged victim was injured, Billington said, when he allegedly charged at her and tried to hit her. Billington said she ducked away and punched the victim once in the face, which caused his nose to bleed, documents state. She told police she held the fry pan in front of her, but never struck the victim with it. The victim returned to the basement.
Police saw a large coffee stain on the ceiling and noticed a drop of blood on the kitchen floor. There was broken glass in the trash and a large fry pan was on the kitchen stove.
Police charged Billington after determining she was the primary aggressor during the incident.
Her next court date is May 5 for a pretrial conference.
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