Minn. Abuse Suspect: Woman Chose To Sleep In Cage

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul man accused of locking a woman in a dog cage to prevent her from leaving him says she had crawled into the kennel on her own to sleep.

Twenty-nine-year-old Luke Brandon Scott testified Friday that he tried to reason with the woman but she asked to be left there.

Scott is charged with assault, false imprisonment and terroristic threats. The St. Paul Pioneer Press says closing arguments in his trial are expected Monday.

The 21-year-old woman testified earlier that Scott became violent when she told him she wanted to end their relationship.

She says Scott dragged her by the hair when she tried to get out the back door of his house and knocked out a tooth by smashing her face with a wine bottle.

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  • me

    If this is the defensive strategy your attorney is using then you’re guilty. Pitiful logic here – “she chose to sleep in it.”

  • St Paul

    I just wish women would be smarter in picking partners and DO NOT MOVE IN or let him move in until you have a long term “getting to know” each other. Some women have a pattern of finding abusive men. This is an illness that is treatable. Don’t make this mistake more than once! It could and probably will cost you your life and perhaps your children also. Just my opinion. Oh and men who abuse — I’d like a few minutes with my cane and them!!!!

  • Victim Du Jour

    They are both alcoholics, why are men always 100% at fault for everything?

    The mindset of people who think courtrooms are suppose to be the Jerry Springer Show.

    Both of them are drunks, who knows what happened.

  • Swamp Rat

    This guy is looney and a few slices short of a loaf!!! Suggest he spend time in total solitary confinement locked up in a small dog kennel cage in a dark basement on daily bread, water, and a vitamin pill. [The vitamin pill is for humanitarian reasons.] Oh, he gets timed daylight with an electric light with no computer, human contact, television, or radio. All he has to do is eat, sleep, and daily clean his kennel. Mustn’t have him go completely crackers. Now let’s see how he likes that kind of treatment and punishment. Too bad, this treatment suggested is better than what he was trying to dish out on his ex-girlfriend.

    The only meaningful time he will get will be reading Dr.Phil’s and Oprah’s recent books on human relationships and how to handle heartbreak &/or breaking up! Hopefully, he will get the message.

    There are no plausible reasons for abusive mental or physical abuse in any relationship. If walking away from the abusiveness is not possible seek help. Otherwise, you are just adding another incidence of human tragedy to an already messed-up world!

  • Victim Du Jour

    Oprah and Dr Phil are junk scientists, and it’s a mode of worship just like religion.

    And the only reason you think the guy is 100% at fault is because your junk science religion is based on “Billy Bob and the Twins Envy”

    • Swamp Rat

      Sorry chum!! You are full of beans!!!

      I’m old school and the guy is totally at fault until he can prove otherwise. I am for equal gender rights for all but in cases like this one the male has the upper abusive hand usually. If you can’t treat a woman with respect like you expect to be treated then walk away.

      As for your junk pseudo-science references to Dr.Phil and Oprah you don’t get the levity to my inferences. I am not using any “junk science” religion based on any temporal ersatz references. My old fashion beliefs and precepts are based on many factors, experiences, and one major reference. That reference, without sounding like I am pontificating, is the Bible. Now that is not “junk science” religion ethics or beliefs!!!!!

      Again, sorry chum, you should try another brand of beans! Not the “pseudo-junk” science beans you’ve been ingesting!!!

      • Victim Du Jour

        All Dr Phil and Oprah Winfrey junkies do are make excuses (enable) and contribute to the obesity problem in the United States. You are just kissing up to people who blame everything on someone else.

        Both of them were drunk, they are both equally responsible for what happened.

        • Swamp Rat

          @du jour
          Since you didn’t get the levity nuance of what I said, you just proved my point–“..you are full of beans!”

          As for both parties in this story being inebriated, where is your reference to such? Regardless of the situation, this incidence of abusive behavior should not have happened.

  • Dave Seavy

    At first pass, I agree, the guy is a fruit cake. But with all the “alternative lifestyles” out there, you never know for sure. And I do agree, women seem to get in to these disasterous relationships, then scream that they’re a victim. Common sense seems to have evaporated.

    • Swamp Rat

      @Dave S.
      Common sense on all sides seems to have evaporated but in this case as stated previously, I feel the onus of this mess is on the male to prove beyond a reasonable doubt his innocence. Unfortunately history has born this fact out. It’s not quite fair but a long history of male dominance and abusive behavior has created a present-day legal conundrum.

      Women can be equally at fault but heretofore women are just now beginning to fight back and historical facts of long abusive male behaviors are assisting them.

      • WHAT?????

        @ Swamp Rat
        I agree with you that in most cases the man is at fault, but this does not mean that you get to change our legal system to suit whatever you feel is right. “I’m old school and the guy is totally at fault until he can prove otherwise.” This goes completely against the “innocent until proven guilty” that our country has always had and (hopefully) always will. I agree with some of your ideas but am very glad that you do not get to judge people for real as you seem to have some “beans” in you as well that are spilling out.

        • Swamp Rat

          Believe it or not I had ham and beans for Easter Dinner! Now back to the seriousness of your comments. You miss the point to what I was saying. I truly believe in the “innocent until proven guilty” principle of our jurisprudence system. For the sake of discussion, I put my personal feelings and personal ethical beliefs about this news story out in the discussion forum.

          When it comes to abusive relationships like what was reported I still believe based on legal histories and legal precedent that the male is “guilty until proven innocent”.

          Thousands of years in recorded history bear this fact out. Yes, I may be ‘full of beans’ when I believe or feel etiquette and chivalry should be part of a modern man’s personal ethics. Now with that said, the male in this case still has to prove his innocence beyond any reasonable doubt over any presumption of innocence. This is because legal precedent and case law make it such.

          I am no Constitutional lawyer to debate total Constitutional adherence to “innocent until proven guilty”. Any accused individual is Constitutionally entitled to a vigorous defense. However, regardless of who is at fault in domestic abuse cases, abuse cases are emotionally and legally messy. That’s why I feel, from a historical and legal standpoint, the male should prove his innocence more.

          As more of these cases keep coming in the present day judicial system judges will be better experienced to equally pass down fairer judgments based on facts and equal treatment of both genders. This is because case law and precedents will definitely reflect how society and the system views such cases.

          Yes, What, I agree with you regarding “innocent until proven guilty” but, in the case, with the known facts, this abusive guy should have a damn good defense lawyer to prove his innocence.

      • Lori

        Yes, in a high percent its men over women. But I have seen some really nasty and powerful women out there. Some of them are more than capable of taking on a guy, and many times have, then cried foul. Im a women, and I wouldnt be so quick to judge. What if she’s also, mean, nasty, and playing the “psycho” card and she did crawl in there just to drive him more nuts? This day & Age I wouldnt put anything past anyone. I want to see their friends interviewed and get a sence of what the dynamic is really all about.

        • Swamp Rat

          Lori, well stated. I couldn’t agree with you more.

  • Nancy Aleshire

    Regarding comment made by St. Paul–some times it takes years of living under the same roof with a husband or a boyfriend before you get to see their dark side. So don’t be so quick to pass judgment over the woman for moving in with or becoming involved with a man when she had no idea he could be violent. Sometimes men will snap long after she has that ring on her finger.

  • Gloria Allred

    She’s a victim of the evil male gender. I said so!

  • M&M

    There is NEVER an excuse for abuse regardless of which gender is the abuser.

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  • john

    a grown adult who coudnt force her way out of a dog crate??????? hmm that sounds funny to me. they arent build out of steel bars there made out of small wire, and thats the good ones. the cheap ones are plastic with a wire door. one good push and you could completely destroy the thing if you were locked inside.

    it all sounds a little fishy to me. she might be just as nuts as she says he is.

  • robin

    good point john
    I grew up with Luke and he is not this monster the papers and this girl are making him out to be. his sentence was way too harsh!

  • john

    overhyped by the media for sure. there are much worse things then being inside a dog crate.

    even small dogs can force their way out of them if they want to. if he really had a dog crate that was built strong enough to hold in a full grown adult id like to know where he bought it.

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