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___________________________BelknapNo. 97-646THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIREv.RICHARD SOLDIDecember 28, 2000Philip T. McLaughlin, attorney general (Ann M. Rice, senior assistant attorney general, on thebrief and orally), for the State.Behzad Mirhashem, assistant appellate defender, of Concord, by brief and orally, for thedefendant.BROCK, C.J. The defendant, Richard Soldi, appeals his conviction of second degree assault, seeRSA 631:2 (1996), following a jury trial, arguing that the Superior Court (Barry, J.) abused itsdiscretion in: (1) permitting the State to impeach the victim with a prior inconsistent statement;and (2) permitting the victim's treating physician to testify regarding statements made by thevictim. We affirm.The following facts were adduced at trial. The defendant and the victim were romanticallyinvolved and had been living together with the victim's two children. In the early morning hoursof November 29, 1996, the defendant and the victim were arguing about the victim's makeup andmanner of dress. When the victim went into the bedroom, the defendant followed her and struck her in the right eye. He then telephoned 911.When Officers Stiegler and Ashley arrived at the scene, the victim was crying, her right eye wasblackened, and she appeared to be in pain. The defendant told Officer Stiegler that he had lostcontrol, punched the victim, and needed help.