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Far Rock man killed girlfriend on beach: DA

FAR ROCKAWAY — A Far Rockaway man was charged Nov. 24 with second-degree murder for allegedly killing his girlfriend by punching and drowning her on a Far Rockaway beach the previous day, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

“The defendant is accused of fatally beating and drowning the woman who he had been dating,” Brown said in a statement. “Her brutal and senseless death should result in him spending the rest of his life in prison.”

David Lynch, 30, of 10-74 Gipson St., a National Guardsman for the past two years, was arraigned Nov. 24 and was being held without bail Tuesday afternoon, the DA said.

Lynch is accused of allegedly punching and biting Althea Lewis, 45, of Springfield Gardens, about the head and face, then holding her head underwater by holding her upside down by her feet, according to the DA. The incident allegedly occurred at the intersection of Boardwalk and Beach 32nd Street, the DA said.

The medical examiner’s office determined that she died as a result of blunt force injury to her head and submersion in water. She had suffered a nasal fracture and bleeding around the brain.

Lynch is scheduled to appear in court again Dec. 28.

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