Judge Orders Weymouth Man to Stay Away from JJ Foleys After South End Beating Arrest

A Boston Municipal Court judge has ordered a Weymouth man to stay away from JJ Foley’s Cefe and the Bostonian Market during an arraignment on Wednesday, Feb. 20, after he was charged with the brutal beating of another man on Fay Street Feb. 9.

Judge Tracey-Lee Lyons imposed a $5,000 cash bail for Michael Kenney, 40, of Weymouth, and further ordering him to stay away from the victim, Chris Smith, and witnesses. She also ordered him to stay away from the Bostonian Market at Harrison and Fay streets, and JJ Foleys.

Police had issued an all points bulletin to the region to locate four people who were accused of beating and body slamming Smith on the sidewalk near Fay Street Feb. 9 – a beating that took place over what was perceived as a comment about one of the women in the group.

At about 4:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, officers at the front desk of District D-4 (South End) arrested Kenney, who had turned himself in for an assault and battery. He was placed under arrest for a warrant out of Boston Municipal Court for charges of Assault and Battery Causing Serious Bodily Injury and Assault and Battery. 

At about 2:45 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 9, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a person screaming for help in the area of Harrison Avenue and Fay Street in the South End. On arrival, officers observed an adult male victim lying on the ground in a semi-conscious state. The male was then transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Officers spoke to witnesses on scene who provided a description of a group of three white male suspects who were alleged to have assaulted the victim, punching him multiple times, before slamming him into the ground.

Officers canvassed the area for the suspects to no avail.

It is believed that the argument started at JJ Foley’s and then progressed outside as the victim headed to El Triunfo Restaurant to eat.

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