Here's a real event that happened during my tour of duty almost ten years ago. The case is still in litigation so the names were changed to protect the innocent.
Steve and Danielle
Neighbors saw and heard glass being smashed and shattered at the apartment of Danielle, Steve's girlfriend and the mother of Steve's nine month old daughter, Casey. The neighbors telephoned police.
When I arrived I saw the front bay window of the apartment smashed with fragments shattered over the outside front of the apartment. I met Danielle who told me that she had just been assaulted by Steve, her current boyfriend, she was bruised but declined an ambulance.
She said Steve left westbound Balboa Avenue seconds before I arrived and she wanted him arrested. She gave me a quick description of him. I told her that I was going to try to catch him and left. After driving through the area I was unable to locate Steve, so I returned to Danielle's home.
Danielle told me that she and Steve had been together for about three years. Earlier during their relationship, Danielle let Steve move in and together they lived in her apartment. As time went by Danielle realized that Steve was not the "working" kind so she terminated their living arrangement, forcing Steve to go back home to live with his mother.
The current arrangement she has with Steve is that he is allowed to come visit and stay over two or three days a week, but not allowed to have the door key.
On the day Danielle telephoned police, Baby Casey got sick and had to go to the hospital, Danielle tried to call Steve who was nowhere to be found. After being up all night, Danielle returned home from the hospital to find Steve inside her apartment. Danielle was upset that Steve had broken inside her apartment and demanded he leave.
Steve became enraged and began cursing at Danielle. He grabbed Danielle's neck and began to choke her until she began to cry. He picked up the glass living room table top and flung it through the living room bay window smashing both the table top and the front bay window.
Steve was picked up the next day at his mother's house. Two months later Steve was in court. Danielle came to court denying Steve committed any crimes against her.
What should the court do?
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