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78-Year-Old Woman Battered for Refusing to Let Husband Drive

When his wife refused to allow him to drive, a Florida man allegedly caused her to bleed by hitting her repeatedly in the head and face.

April 12, a married couple from Largo were reportedly at odds over the man, age 78, should be allowed to drive their vehicle. According to his wife, also age 78, his driving privileges were previously suspended, and she was trying to keep him safe. They began to argue, and when the woman held her stance, the domestic unrest reportedly intensified.

According to reports, the woman’s husband became so upset that he allegedly began hitting her in the face and head. Her nose and one of her eyes started bleeding, purportedly because of the alleged battery. The man’s wife of over half a century called 911 to report the situation and request police intervention. While she was on the phone, the man allegedly told her to shut up.

Officers from the Largo Police Department went to the home, and they reported that it looked like items had been thrown around the room. They also noted the woman’s injuries and saw blood on her husband’s leg that they presumed came from her. He chose not to speak to the officers about the incident without a lawyer present.

The man was taken into custody and booked into the Pinellas County Jail. He is facing preliminary charges of one count of battery on a person over the age of 65, for which he could spend up to five years in prison if he is found guilty. He was released from the correctional facility the following evening after posting a $2,500 bond. One of the stipulations of his release prevents him from going near or contacting his wife.

If you or someone you love is suspected of a domestic violence offense, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.

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