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Crime & Cases March 24, 2011  RSS feed

Ozone Park Man Branded, Slashed Girlfriend In Fight

Gets 13 Years For ‘Sadistic’ Attack
by Robert Pozarycki

Eric J. Persaud Eric J. Persaud Cruel and sadistic” were the words used by Queens’ chief prosecutor to describe the domestic assault committed by an Ozone Park man who was sentenced last Wednesday, Mar. 16, for burning and slashing his live-in girlfriend’s face in April 2009.

Eric J. Persaud, 36, of 103rd Avenue was ordered by Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory L. Lasak to serve 13 years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision for attacking his 27-year-old girlfriend— and mother of their two children— during a dispute inside their home.

Persaud pleaded guilty last month to charges of first-degree assault and bribing a witness for branding the victim’s face with an iron and then using a razor blade to cut her repeatedly during the assault on Apr. 30, 2009, as their children slept nearby. After being incarcerated, he reportedly contacted her hundreds of times and threatened to inflict additional harm to her if she testified against him at trial.

In addition to the jail term, Lasak also issued an order of protection barring Persaud from contacting the victim for approximately 21 years effective immediately upon sentencing.

“[Persaud’s] actions were both cruel and sadistic,” said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown in a statement issued following sentencing last Wednesday. “Today’s sentence represents a measure of justice for his victim.”

According to the charges, Persaud and the victim became engaged in a dispute at their Ozone Park home on Apr. 30, 2009 after he learned that she had contacted police the previous week regarding a previous argument they had.

During that incident, it was reported, Persaud broke her computer and home telephone.

As the Apr. 30 argument transpired, Persaud held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her or their children if she tried contacting police again. In an act of punishment for her previous call to police, according to the criminal complaint, he then brought her into the bedroom and ordered her to plug in the iron, and then burn her own face with it

When the woman refused to comply with his demands, Persaud stated that he would do it herself and would also burn their children if she woke them up with her screams. Forcing her to kneel and placing a towel in her mouth to muffle her cries, police said, he burned both side of her face with the hot iron, then repeated his actions two more times after he determined the iron was not hot enough.

Seconds later, the criminal complaint noted, the defendant then sliced her face twice with a razor blade, causing lacerations and bleeding. Persaud reportedly forced the victim to lay in bed beside her children thereafter.

After Persaud left the apartment the following day, it was noted, the woman went to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries; she would be hospitalized for 11 days.

Persaud was arrested in May 2009 and ordered held in prison without bail on charges of first- and seconddegree assault, criminal mischief, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child. An order of protection was also filed against him prohibiting him from contacting the victim.

Even so, law enforcement sources said, it was determined that Persaud contacted her from jail through over 400 phone calls in which he threatened to harm her further if she testified against him. He would subsequently indicted for those actions on May 6, 2010.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kelly E. Sessoms Newton, deputy bureau chief of the D.A.’s Domestic Violence Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Scott E. Kessler, bureau chief.