Conviction Stands for Newton Man Accused of Assaulting Jehovah's Witnesses
Neal Farber allegedly pushed two older women who were going door-to-door for the Jehovah's Witnesses.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court has upheld the conviction of a Newton man who was charged with assaulting and injuring two female Jehovah's Witnesses.
According to an item in the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Newton resident Neal Farber was arrested in 2008 after he yelled at the two woman and pushed them to the ground, which resulted in one woman with a broken arm and two fractures in her rotator cuff.
The two victims -- Margaret Johns and Linda Noone -- were in their sixties at the time of the incident.
Court documents -- provided here by UniversalHub -- show that Farber was indicted on one count of assault and battery on a person over sixty years of age, resulting in injury; assault and battery; and two counts of violating a person's civil rights.
The incident occurred in August 2008 when Noone and Johns were part of a Jehovah's Witness group that planned to visit homes on Beacon Street in Newton.
When Farber answered the door and started listening to the two women, he yelled at Johns and Noone and according to Mass. Lawyers Weekly shouted "nobody wants you around here" and the religion was "full of [expletive]."
As the women began walking down the sidewalk, Farber followed them and shoved them in the back. Farber denied pushing the women, saying that they tripped on his walkway outside his house.
According to Mass. Lawyers Weekly, Farber said he had told Jehovah's Witnesses to leave him alone on several different occasions and that he was offended by the women trying to convert him to their religion.