08.05.2011

Local man not guilty of assault charges

By Sheena  Delazio
sdelazio@timesleader.com
Staff  Writer

WILKES-BARRE – A Duryea man was found not guilty  Thursday of assaulting two people in Pittston Township.

Philip J. Dunn, 25, of Wood Street, was acquitted by a Luzerne County jury  late Thursday on two counts each of simple assault and harassment and one count  of disorderly conduct.

The jury deliberated for about an hour and a half. The trial began on  Wednesday before Luzerne County Judge David Lupas.

A charge of aggravated assault was demurred at the request of Dunn’s  attorney, Christopher J. Powell Jr. Lupas granted the demur – or the dismissal  of a charge which a defendant says that even if the charge can be proven, there  is no legal basis for it.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Maureen Collins.

According to court papers, on June 6, 2010, Pittston Township police were  called to a Suscon Road residence where two people reported they had been  assaulted by Dunn.

Police said Christina Koons told them Dunn had prevented her from exiting her  driveway by blocking her vehicle with his vehicle.

Police said Dunn then struck James Edward Koons Jr. several times in the  head, face and body with a closed fist causing him to suffer multiple abrasions  and contusions.

Dunn also struck John Forrest Koons, court papers say, by hitting him with a  closed fist in the head and face, causing Koons to become unconscious and fall  to the ground.

Police said John Forrest Koons suffered multiple fractures due to the  injuries.

Court papers did not indicate how the incident began. Christina Koons  reported she was not assaulted.

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