Man faces domestic violence charges

NASHUA – Underscoring his order that Nashua resident Kenneth Gurski continue his counseling and drug-treatment appointments and have no contact with the woman he is accused of assaulting, Superior Court Judge Charles Temple on Monday agreed to convert Gurski’s bail to personal recognizance and $200 cash.

Gurski, 37, of 93 Chandler St., Apt. B, waived formal arraignment and entered not guilty pleas to multiple charges he faces in connection with an alleged assault that police say sent the female victim to the hospital with a fractured leg.

Police said officers arrested Gurski around 1:30 Sunday afternoon, about an hour after they were called to a Nashua residence for a reported assault.

The alleged victim told police Gurski “pushed her twice … causing her to fall to the floor” during an argument. He then allegedly took her phone from her to “prevent her from immediately calling 911,” police added.

Gurski initially was charged with two counts each of simple assault and domestic violence – simple assault, and one count of obstructing the report of a crime, all Class A misdemeanors, police said.

But “based on the severity of the injury” to the alleged victim, police said detectives with the department’s Special Investigations Division were called in to further the probe.

The result was the upgrade of two of the assault-related charges to two counts of second-degree assault, which are Class B felonies, police said.

Gurski was booked and later transported to Valley Street Jail in Manchester, where he was held overnight on $100,000 cash only bail pending Monday’s court appearance.

Assistant County Attorney Cassie Devine agreed to recommend bail be set at $25,000 cash only, as long as Gurski agrees to sign and follow the terms of a criminal bail protective order.

Attorney Eleftheria Keans, a public defender representing Gurski, asked Temple to lower her client’s bail to $200 cash – the most money he has available, she said.

Gurski receives assistance from Greater Nashua Mental Health, also known as Community Council, and is currently undergoing treatment with suboxone, which is commonly prescribed to people battling narcotic addiction.

“We recognize that the charges are serious, but there may be self-defense issues that come up” as the case proceeds, Keans told Temple.

She said her client is not a flight risk, because “everything is here for him,” referring to the services he receives.

Temple mulled the request briefly, then set Gurski’s bail at $25,000 personal recognizance on four of the charges and $200 cash on the fifth charge.

“The presumption of innocence is working in your favor at this point,” Temple told Gurski. The judge emphasized the importance of Gurski continuing his treatment and counseling, and that he commit no crimes, and refrain from consuming alcohol or illegal drugs.

He must also have no contact with the alleged victim, and sign a waiver of extradition.

Temple set another hearing for 9 a.m. Sept. 29 to review the status of Gurski’s bail.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashua or @Telegraph_DeanS.