Pair indicted over 'tent city' beating



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NASHUA - Two men were indicted last week on charges they dragged a homeless man from his tent and beat him with a club. Daniel Kovich, 48, of 24A Hanover St., has been jailed since his arrest soon after the April 25 incident and is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Hillsborough County Superior Court on two counts of first-degree assault. Daniel Straitiff, 48, of 99 Pine St., has since been released on bail, and faces arraignment Aug. 14 on a single count. The charges carry up to 7-1/2 to 15 years in prison. The two men are accused of beating Mark Carter with a wood club or bat and their fists after dragging him from his tent in the "Maple Island" encampment at the edge of Mine Falls Park and the Millyard. Carter was able to walk out of the park, call for help and identify his attackers. He was then treated for severe head injuries, police reported. He was later released from the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass., and was recovering well, a social worker said. The two men told police they'd gone to the encampment looking for Straitiff's girlfriend, but it's not clear why they attacked Carter. Although only the victim was homeless, the incident sparked concern and complaints about the encampment and prompted plans to discourage camping by cutting a trail through it to connect other existing trails in the park. Both men are charged with first-degree assault, and each could face up to 7-1/2 to 15 years in prison if convicted. Their cases will now be moved to Hillsborough County Superior Court.

 

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