- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - Two contractors named as witnesses in the assault case against Portsmouth’s chief building inspector say they were misquoted in the initial police report following the incident.

The Portsmouth Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2ajWIpa ) William Becksted Sr. and William Becksted Jr. said Wednesday that what they witnessed during an April 6 City Hall meeting was not what they consider an assault.

Chief Building Inspector Robert Marsilia is accused of grabbing a local contractor by the shoulders and shaking him during a tense session regarding new inspections managers and procedures.

The 62-year-old pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of simple assault.

Lt. David Colby says the affidavit cannot be changed because it was used to establish probable cause for Marsilia’s arrest. He says the Becksteds can correct the record on the witness stand.

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Information from: Portsmouth Herald, https://www.seacoastonline.com

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