LOWELL -- A judge ordered Tewksbury resident Daniel White, accused of throwing his sister to the floor and choking her, held on $5,000 cash bail on a new domestic-abuse charge of strangulation.
Lowell District Court Judge Stacey Fortes also revoked the 31-year-old man's bail -- holding him without bail -- on an unrelated firearms case in Lawrence District Court. Fortes noted White has a prior record of assault.
Defense attorney Reynold Ilg argued against holding White, saying the alleged victim, who has drug and mental-health issues, has recanted her allegations.
The sister now says her bother did not touch her, Ilg told the judge.
Tewksbury police charged White with strangulation -- a new charge under the revised domestic-violence laws -- assault and battery on a family member, intimidation of a witness and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a floor).
Prosecutors allege police responded to the Whites' home Wednesday after a passerby heard a woman inside the house screaming. When police arrived they found the alleged victim visibly upset with a red mark on her neck.
She allegedly told police she got into a fight with her brother over cigarettes. During the argument, White allegedly threw her to floor, slammed her head against the floor and then began to choke her.
Ilg countered the caller never saw anything, only heard someone screaming.
Ilg told the judge that the night before the alleged incident, the victim had been sent to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation after an altercation with her parents in which she bit her mother.
White's next court date is Sept. 3.