Man Pleads Not Guilty to Attempted Murder While Kayaking

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Typically kayaking can be viewed as a relaxing experience, washing away the stress of the day including your boss (or kids) yelling at you.

Sadly it looks like it might have had the opposite effect on a gentleman from Westfield, Massachusetts who, according to court records pleaded not guilty to a host of charges (including attempted murder) after he allegedly attacked another man with a kayak paddle and held his head underwater. All while out kayak fishing one evening.

Wait, what?

Ok, let's start at the beginning. Back on June 20th police were called out to the local pond where they found two men fighting with kayak paddles out on the water.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette has the full story:

In an application for a criminal complaint, police said Richard Rovelli was in a kayak and began yelling at a man in another kayak who said Rovelli had crashed into him. Rovelli began swinging his oar at the other kayaker, striking him in the head three times and the chest once.

In his statement to police, the alleged victim said he used his oar to try and push Rovelli's kayak away and Rovelli fell into the water when he did so.

Rovelli swam to the man's boat, pulled him into the water and completely submerged his head. “During this attack, I feared for my life. I believed this male was trying to kill me,” the alleged victim said in his statement.

The man said the attack stopped after he was able to pull his kayak between himself and Rovelli.

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David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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