Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Dispute over goat video on Facebook led to stabbing

A dispute that started over a video of an ornery goat posted on Facebook left one man stabbed and another in handcuffs, police said. Officers arrested Kevin P. Sullivan, 28, of Weymouth, Massachusetts, on Friday night at his home and charged him with stabbing a 36-year-old man, also from Weymouth, during a fistfight in the street, according to a police report. Sullivan was arraigned on Monday in Quincy District Court on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He was ordered held on $2,500 cash bail, which he posted, and he’s due back in court on July 22, according to the court clerk’s office.

The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police Capt. Richard Fuller said. Officers responded to multiple 911 calls reporting a fight just after 7pm. When they arrived they found the victim lying on the ground bleeding from wounds to his left side and the back of his right shoulder, the report said. The victim identified Sullivan as the man who had stabbed him. Officers found Sullivan inside his home with blood on his hands, forearms and shirt. The victim’s girlfriend told police that Sullivan was angry at them because she had shared a video of a goat named Kevin on Facebook.

The video “was about a goat named Kevin who was not nice to other goats in the video.” A video posted on YouTube with the same name as the one mentioned in the police report is one of several depicting a goat named Kevin. In the video, the goat head-butts other animals and the man holding the camera, who repeatedly refers to the goat using profanity. The woman told police that Sullivan believed her posting of the video was “a direct insult towards him and meant that he was a bad father.”

Sullivan then left her a threatening voicemail stating that he wanted to fight, she told officers. The woman told police that she and the victim went to Sullivan’s home thinking they could talk things out but the two men began fighting. Sullivan told police that he stabbed the other man, who he said was armed with a large wrench, in self-defence, the report said. Sullivan first told police he hadn’t been struck by the wrench but later said he had. He was treated for minor injuries at the scene. Other witnesses said the victim grabbed the wrench in self-defence. Police say they found the knife in the grass behind Sullivan’s home.

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