ALFRED — The trial of a Waterboro man facing kidnapping and assault charges after he allegedly attacked an attorney with what was originally described as a cattle prod in October 2015 has been postponed.

Christopher Todd Hall, 50, was originally scheduled for trial a week ago. That is now on hold as Hall expressed dissatisfaction with his court-appointed attorney and filed a motion for new counsel to represent him.

A court clerk on Monday said Hall’s next court appearance is set for Dec. 13, with a trial tentatively set to begin in January. Hall remains in custody.

York County Sheriff Bill King said the incident took place outside a home on Irving Road in Arundel where the woman, an attorney who serves as a professional mediator and is often contracted by the Maine Judicial Branch, had a scheduled meeting with a potential female client.

As the victim was exiting her vehicle, King said in a 2015 interview following the incident, a man wearing a wig as a disguise assaulted her.

He said the woman told police she was believed she was shocked by a device the perpetrator placed  between her legs, coming in contact with her upper, inner thigh. The device, originally thought to be a cattle prod, was actually a cane concealing an electric shocking mechanism.

“The man placed his hands over her mouth to stifle her screams and she fought the man, knocking off his wig. The man retreated into a waiting vehicle and fled,” King said in a prepared statement issued at the time. 

The distraught victim fled to a Lyman convenience store and called the Sheriff ’s Office. King said she was then taken to hospital, where she was treated and later released.

The investigation eventually led police to Hall, whom the victim had encountered in her capacity as an attorney several years ago during a child custody dispute before the courts.

Hall is charged with two counts of attempted kidnapping, aggravated assault and assault.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or [email protected]

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