Man admits attacking mother and son

A man who admitted two separate attacks on a mother and son was sent to Mental Health Treatment Court yesterday.

Forrest Nusum, 55, admitted assaulting Althea Iris, as well as Joshua Iris, and using threatening words against at Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The court heard that Mr Iris confronted Nusum and his mother, who were dating at the time, in front of the MarketPlace on Church Street, Pembroke, after he noticed that his mother had a black eye.

Nusum said that Ms Iris received the bruise from self-defence classes and became aggressive when Mr Iris continued to question his mother.

Ms Iris crossed the street towards the Anglican Cathedral and Nusum and Mr Iris followed after her.

Nusum then approached Mr Iris with a power drill in his hand and pointed it at him.

He said: “You’re lucky this doesn’t have power. I’m a killer, you are not a killer.

“You’re lucky that I don’t have power in this drill because I would have pushed this through your kidney.”

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo heard that Nusum struck Mr Iris in the head with the drill, which knocked off his motorcycle helmet and damaged it.

He charged at Mr Iris with the drill, but Mr Iris hit Nusum with his helmet until Nusum fell to the ground.

Mr Iris then left the scene and reported the incident to police.

Nusum was arrested on a later date. The incident took place on October 13 last year.

Crown prosecutor Karen King-Deane said that Mr Iris suffered two cuts and a bump on his forehead as a result of the attack.

She added that Ms Iris and Nusum used to live together at his home in Sandys.

The court heard that on February 4 last year Nusum confronted Ms Iris at their home after she had moved some of his bottles in the kitchen.

He then punched Ms Iris on the left side of her face, bruising her left eye.

Nusum gave Ms Iris a frozen bag of chicken for her injuries and said “we’re going to fight, you know” before he punched her again on the right side of her face.

Mr Tokunbo heard that the two scuffled on the floor, during which Nusum bit Ms Iris’s forearm and choked her until she begged for mercy.

Ms King-Deane said Ms Iris suffered two swollen black eyes and a bite mark to her right forearm.

She added that Ms Iris continued to stay at the home because she feared what Nusum might do if she left. She has since moved out.

Auralee Cassidy, for the defence, said that Nusum suffered from mental health issues and was “well known” to the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute.

She asked that her client be sent to Mental Health Treatment Court and be given a mental health assessment and a drug assessment.

Mr Tokunbo remanded him in custody and adjourned the case until tomorrow during Mental Health Treatment Court. He ordered that Nusum undergo a mental health assessment and a drug assessment.

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