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Magistrate jails man for one year for assault on woman

Magistrates' Court

A man who injured his former landlord’s daughter was sentenced this week to one year behind bars.

Forrest Nusum, 57, from Sandys, pleaded guilty to assaulting Danielle Riviere and threatening her father, Arthurton Riviere, when he appeared in Magistrates’ Court last month.

The court heard then that in March 2022, Nusum shouted at Mr Riviere about why he was getting evicted from his Pembroke property and threatened to punch him.

As a result, Ms Riviere asked him to leave the residence and Nusum then threw a bucket of water at her. The bucket hit her chin, making it bleed.

He appeared for sentencing on Monday and prosecutor Nicole Smith highlighted that when the incident occurred, Nusum was on probation for a similar offence, although the probation has since ended.

Ms Smith said the case showed Nusum’s “history of violence against women”.

She added: “Any sentence imposed by this court needs to show that there will be no tolerance for this behaviour.”

Aura Cassidy, Nusum’s lawyer, said that her client has mental health challenges and needed supervision and asked that he participate in the court’s mental health treatment programme.

Magistrate Tyrone Chin sentenced Nusum to one year in prison for the assault and six months for threatening Mr Riviere, to run concurrently, followed by three years’ probation.

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