A man charged in December with assaulting his girlfriend was in court Monday facing new assault charges alleging that he choked the same woman last August and hit her with a broomstick.

Scott Allen Maguire, 51, appeared in Justice Court before Judge David A. Carter on felony counts of partner or family member assault and assault with a weapon.

On Aug. 12, police responded to a residence in the 300 block of South 32nd Street and met with people who said they heard a man and a woman fighting and that a woman had yelled “Stop choking me,” according to charging documents.

An officer then met with the alleged victim, who was upset and appeared to have been attacked. She told the officer that her boyfriend, Maguire, had choked her and started breaking things, court records state.

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She said that when she started to clean up broken glass, Maguire hit her in the back of the head with a broom handle and slapped her across the face, charging documents state.

In December, prosecutors charged Maguire with a count of felony partner or family member assault for an incident involving the same woman.

Court records indicate that Maguire was charged in 2010 with a felony assault involving the same woman. The charge was reduced to a misdemeanor.

Judge Carter set Maguire’s bond at $5,000 consecutive to the other bond he has already posted and told him to have no contact with his girlfriend. Maguire is scheduled to enter pleas on the assault charges on Thursday.

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City news reporter for the Billings Gazette