Man accused of wielding machete in domestic incident free without bail

An Ulster County man's arrest and release after an alleged machete-wielding domestic violence incident is renewing concerns among law enforcement with the state's bail reform.

News 12 Staff

Feb 3, 2021, 10:35 PM

Updated 1,236 days ago

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An Ulster County man's arrest and release after an alleged machete-wielding domestic violence incident is renewing concerns among law enforcement about the state's bail reform.
Saugerties police say 41-year-old Antonio Giordano used a machete Monday to try and hack down his girlfriend's front door after he thought the woman took his cellphone.
Authorities gave News 12 photos of the weapon and damaged door. Giordano was charged with criminal mischief and menacing with a weapon.
Police say despite the violent incident and a history of domestic violence at the home, Giordano was released by a judge without bail or a restraining order to protect the victim.
"There is no equity in releasing people who are dangerous to community members and putting them back into the community. There's no equity in that at all," says Police Chief Joseph Sinagra, who added that the couple are neighbors.
"I think common sense needs to kick in,” the chief continued. “[Violent offenders] should be in the county jail and if they are released, then they should be put on electronic monitoring.” 
Supporters of bail reform say the changes ensure bail isn’t used to punish a person, but rather ensure their return to court. Critics say that creates dangerous consequences in an effort for fairness and is anything but fair for the victims and the public.


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