Shooting by Wilton man leads to review of domestic violence case

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 11/22/2021 12:39:22 PM

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Gordon J. MacDonald has called for an internal review of a case where a woman was shot by a former partner after being denied a domestic violence petition through the New Hampshire courts.

On Nov. 15, the woman was leaving her workplace in Salem, Massachusetts, when Richard Lorman, 55, of Wilton, shot her in the head, and then turned the gun on himself, according to police. The woman survived the encounter, but remains hospitalized, and Lorman was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a statement from Robbie Doyle of Doyle Sailmakers, where the woman works, obtained and published by WBZ Boston News, the woman was reported to be in an induced coma, but making daily progress, and doing “miraculously well.” The woman has motor issues on her left side due to trauma on her right frontal lobe, but no significant neurological damage.

“In summary, her prognosis is quite good. The recovery will be lengthy with no timeline,” Doyle wrote. “There are likely to be good and bad days but so far everything is improving daily.”

On Sept. 21, the woman had filed a restraining order against Lorman, alleging he was sexually violent and coercive, and had threatened her with rape and made threatening statements to her verbally and by text message.

The restraining order was granted temporarily, including a provision to remain 300 feet away from the woman and to surrender all his firearms to Hampton Police. However, in October, the final order of protection was dismissed by Judge Polly L. Hall, after a finding that “the court cannot find that the Defendant’s conduct constitutes a credible threat to the Plaintiff’s safety.”

Last week, immediately after learning of the shooting, MacDonald called for an internal review of the court case, according to a press release issued by the New Hampshire Judicial Branch. The review is being led by Circuit Court Judge Susan B. Carbon, a nationally recognized expert on domestic violence and a former director of the Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice.

The review is expected to be completed this week, and is anticipated to be made public after the findings are submitted to the Supreme Court.

A larger, system-wide review is also set to begin, according to the release.

The New Hampshire Judicial Branch is in the process of creating a multidisciplinary task force to conduct a systemic review of domestic violence cases in the court system. Chaired by New Hampshire Supreme Court Associate Justice Anna Barbara Hantz Marconi and consisting of representatives from the judicial branch, the task force will take input from the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, law enforcement, prosecutors, defense counsel, and other stakeholders.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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