MASON CITY – A Mason City man who was arrested three times in connection with a domestic assault and accused twice of violating a no-contact order worked with his lawyer to have his trial delayed for a fifth time.
Mason City police were called to investigate an incident that unfolded on March 5, 2016 at 1:13 AM. Officers were flagged down to report a no contact order violation at Tailgaters Bar, located at 627 South Federal Avenue. Police tell NIT that “an officer was doing a bar check inside Tailgaters Bar. Both parties of a protective order were found inside the bar.”
Officers then verified the protective order was valid and investigated the suspected violation. Officers arrested 29-year-old Philip Biermann for violation of a no-contact order without incident.
Biermann was taken to jail and released later that day, pending a court date.
Biermann was jailed earlier this year in January, after the Cerro Gordo county sheriff’s office reported a no-contact order violation; that charge was later dismissed as he entered a guilty plea to a charge of domestic abuse assault causing injury. He was given a deferred judgement and probation.
Biermann had been arrested after a domestic incident on December 22, 2015. The alleged victim – who Biermann claims “cried wolf” to police – had complained of a head injury. A no-contact order, which forbids contact between the accused and his alleged victim, was immediately imposed by a judge and remains in effect.
Biermann was originally set for a March 15 contempt hearing to answer for his latest charge of violating the no-contact order. He could face up to 7 days in jail and other penalties if found guilty.
Court records show, however, that Biermann and his attorney have requested as many as 5 postponements of his trial. He was next due for a March 29 non-jury trial. His requests to lift the no-contact order between himself and his victim have been denied by the courts.
He then had trial dates of April 19, May 10, June 2 and now he seemingly may face a contempt hearing on June 21.