Trial begins Monday for Augusta man accused of rape, assault

Antoine Lashawn Dishmond had choked and threatened his girlfriend before, but told her on Aug. 8 she was going to die that day, she testified Monday.


Dishmond, 33, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to charges that include rape, three counts of aggravated assault and burglary. His trial continues today.

The woman told the jury Monday that she had left Dishmond in early July and stayed for a month at Safe Homes before the agency helped her move into an apartment. She was heading to work just before 11 a.m. on Aug. 8 when she opened her apartment door to find Dishmond standing there, she testified. She tried to shut the door but he forced his way in.

“I’m going to kill you,” she quoted Dishmond as saying as he put her in a choke hold. She tried to break free without success and passed out. When she woke up, Dishmond was standing nearby holding a rope, she testified.

“That was just a taste of it. You ain’t dead and now I’m really going to kill you,” she quoted him. He raped her at knife point, she testified.

A knock on the door gave her the chance to escape the apartment, she testified.

She later tried to recant her statement so charges would be dismissed against Dishmond. The district attorney’s office, however, obtained copies of phone conversations between Dishmond and the woman. In recorded calls from the jail, Dishmond instructed the woman what to say in an affidavit, District Attorney Ashley Wright said at a hearing last month.

According to the indictment, Dishmond also is accused of threatening two men with a knife and trying to run them over with his vehicle.

The August encounter was the third time Dishmond has been accused of domestic violence. He was convicted in Jenkins County for a 2002 incident in which he rammed a vehicle that contained his girlfriend and his baby. He was also convicted in Burke County for a 2004 incident in which he punched an ex-girlfriend in the face and threatened to kill her.



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