- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man charged with using a machete to sever another man’s hand has been ruled a danger to society and held without bail.

The Sun (https://bit.ly/2p7ydj5 ) reports that Domingo Ayala, of Lowell, was held after a court appearance Tuesday in connection with the fight April 5. He previously pleaded not guilty to several charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily harm.

Prosecutors say the 54-year-old Ayala’s son was involved in a fight with the 22-year-old victim over a woman. When Ayala got involved, he allegedly went to his car, got the machete and swung it.

The victim’s hand was re-attached at a Boston hospital.

Ayala’s attorney says her client saw something in the victim’s hand and there may be “self-defense issues” in the case.

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Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, https://www.lowellsun.com

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