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Mental Health Court for tourist assaulter

A man who hit a female American tourist in the face during a string of violent robberies has been ordered to appear in Mental Health Court.

Jah-Rome Hill, 37, admitted attacking the tourist and two pizza shop employees, within hours of each other.

He also pleaded guilty yesterday to three charges of shoplifting goods with a total value of $26.70.

Magistrates' Court heard that Hill attacked a 25-year-old American visitor from behind near Somerset Bridge on August 20.

He covered the woman's mouth, hit her several times in the face and demanded money.

The woman told Hill that she had only a credit card and he forced her to an ATM at nearby Robinson's Marina.

The tourist escaped while she was at the gas station and shouted for help, but Hill ran away.

Witnesses told police the attacker had distinctive braided hair and a bright T-shirt.

Hill struck again in the early hours of the next day when he attacked two Four Star Pizza staff with a piece of wood as they left the Sandys branch at about 1.15am.

Hill battered one of the men with the piece of wood and stole his wallet, which contained $170.

Magistrate Juan Wolffe adjourned the case until October 29.

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Published October 12, 2018 at 9:00 am (Updated October 12, 2018 at 8:24 am)

Mental Health Court for tourist assaulter

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