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Sunday, 11 January 2015

George Zimmerman arrested for allegedly throwing wine bottle at girlfriend

Florida authorities say George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of murdering
an unarmed black teen sparked a national debate on race and
self-defence laws, has been arrested for allegedly throwing a wine
bottle at his girlfriend.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office says the 31-year-old Zimmerman
was arrested in Lake Mary about 10 p.m. Friday and is being held at
the John E. Polk Correctional Facility.

Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013 of a second-degree murder charge for
shooting an unarmed teenager,Trayvon Martin, in a gated community in
Sanford, Florida, where he was a neighbourhood watch volunteer. The
Justice Department has yet to say whether it will file federal civil
rights charges against Zimmerman, who said he shot Martin in
self-defence during a confrontation in February 2012. Relatives of
Martin accused Zimmerman of racially profiling the teen.

During a court appearance Saturday morning, Zimmerman's bond was set
at $5,000 and he was ordered to avoid contact with the woman who was
not identified.

Judge John Galluzzo gave few details of the incident, but said a wine
bottle was involved and that the alleged assault happened at
Zimmerman's home.

After the brief hearing, Zimmerman's attorney, Don West, told the
Orlando Sentinel that his client was arrested after allegedly throwing
a wine bottle at his girlfriend several days ago.

Zimmerman was also told by the judge to stay out of Volusia County,
where the woman lives.

Judge orders surrender of weapons

The judge ordered Zimmerman to pack up any personal belongings the
woman may have left at Zimmerman's home and give them to his lawyer.

Zimmerman, who wore blue scrubs and handcuffs, appeared calm during
the brief hearing.

Although the incident didn't involve a firearm, the judge ordered
Zimmerman to surrender any weapons out of an abundance of caution.

Zimmerman is scheduled to appear back in court on Feb. 17.

No further details about the alleged assault were released. A message
left for Seminole County Sheriff officials seeking further information
about the incident was not immediately returned Saturday morning.

Since his acquittal in the Martin case, Zimmerman has had several
brushes with the law:

*.He was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, battery and
criminal mischief after his then-girlfriend said he pointed a gun at
her face during an argument, smashed her coffee table and pushed her
out of the house they shared. Samantha Scheibe decided not to
cooperate with detectives and prosecutors didn't pursue the case.

*.Zimmerman was accused by his estranged wife of smashing an iPad
during an argument at the home they had shared. Shellie Zimmerman
initially told a dispatcher her husband had a gun, though she later
said he was unarmed. No charges were ever filed because of a lack of
evidence. The dispute occurred days after Shellie Zimmerman filed
divorce papers.

*.Zimmerman has also been pulled over three times for traffic
violations since his acquittal.

Credit: The Associated Press

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