Another Resounding Victory...
Batterer charged in deaths of his mom, ex
A chronic domestic batterer murdered his ex-girlfriend, dressed up her body and put makeup on her face, leaving a twisted love note in blood on the wall after killing his own mother during a weekend rampage in New Bedford, authorities said yesterday.
That's tragic. If only there were some warning signs along the way to alert the authorities of this guy's violent tendencies, then someone might have been able to see this coming.
Prosecutors allege Mendes had a long history of abuse at the hands of Gomes. In 2005, he was charged with assault and battery on Mendes with a dangerous weapon, according to court records that indicate he grabbed her by the throat, threw her down and held a knife to her throat, saying, “You’re never going to leave me.”
Shortly after breaking off her relationship with Gomes in 2006, Mendes was targeted again. Gomes drove his black Mercury Cougar straight toward Mendes and her then-estranged husband, Victor, who was hit. He then dragged Mendes into the woods and swamp, where she was rescued by a state police K-9 team. Cops found Gomes with his hands around her throat, according to a police report.
I'm sure he was punished and incarcerated to the fullest extent of the law. I'm sure the prosecutors and the judges' hands were tied. If only the State could have done more to keep this guy off the streets.
He was sentenced to 2 years with nine months to serve in [the 2005] case.
In October 2006, Gomes was sentenced to 2 years in connection with that incident. But he was freed less than two years later, on July 28, said Bernie Sullivan, spokesman for the Bristol County Sheriff.
I blame Dick Cheney.
And, of course, I thank God that no one involved in this story had a gun. Someone could have got hurt.