Court: Husband pours soda on wife's head following divorce announcement

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 20, 2013 

Brian Hawkins

Wednesday, Brian Hawkins learned that his wife wanted a divorce. And in response, the 30-year-old 28th Street resident allegedly held her down, threatened to burn her with cigarettes and poured a soda on her head, according to court testimony.

Hawkins faced false imprisonment, simple assault and simple battery charges during a Friday morning Recorder's Court hearing.

Det. Murray Gunderson told the court he was summoned to the 334 28th Street apartment Wednesday after the victim called him with a domestic violence complaint. Visibly shaken, she recounted to Gunderson how Hawkins threw her to the ground and sat on top of her after she told him she was leaving him.

While she begged for him to let her go, Hawkins allegedly poured a can of soda over her head and threatened to burn her with cigarettes.

"With her permission, I searched her hair," Gunderson said. "I found a sticky substance that smelled like soda."

After an unknown amount of time, he allowed her to get up and told her to go, only to throw her to the ground again. She was finally able to escape and went to a neighbor seeking help.

During the hearing, Gunderson recounted previous violent encounters the victim reported to him. In one instance, Hawkins allegedly threw the victim into the back of his vehicle, put on child locks and refused to allow her to leave.

Her voice quivering, the victim told Judge Michael Cielinski Friday that she was afraid of her husband. She pleaded with him to do whatever was necessary to keep Hawkins away from her.

Cielinski set Hawkins' bond at $27,000. His case will be forwarded to Muscogee County State Court.

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