04th Dec2012

Surf City cabbie accused attacker granted leave
to seek treatment

by Ken Clarke

ONSLOW COUNTY - A US Marine accused of violently beating a Surf City cab driver in September has been granted approval by a judge to seek treatment in an out-of-state facility.

On Tuesday District Judge Paul Hardison approved Gunnery Sergeant Adam Kinoish’s request to amend his bond to allow him to seek treatment at a facility outside of North Carolina.

In September, Kinoish was caught on camera beating Surf City cab driver Charles Hawksworth after he was told by Hawksworth that he had to pick up another passenger and the US Marine would have to share the ride.

Kinoish was so enraged he began beating the cab driver to the point where Hawksworth had to be taken to the hospital and later required facial surgery.

Immediately after the incident Kiniosh checked himself into a psychiatric institution for some sort of treatment. When he was later released he was charged with felony assault inflicting serious injury. Kinosh posted $20,000 bond and was released but was confined to Camp Lejeune.

On Tuesday Judge Hardison agreed to allow Kinoish to go through a 28 day treatment facility in either Virginia or Texas, but he must provide the court with specific details of the treatment facilities location before he enters the program.

Other conditions state that Kiniosh must be escorted to and from the facility, he must report back to his commander daily and the Marine Corp will make weekly on-site visits to ensure he is getting treatment. Should he leave the facility his bond will be revoked and an arrest warrant will be issued.

While not stated it is believed Kiniosh is seeking treatment for alcoholism and/or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Hawkesworth was in the court on Tuesday but did not speak.

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