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Conditional discharge for man who assaulted landlady

Magistrates Court

A Sandys man who admitted punching two of his neighbours and throwing a cinder block through their glass doors was ordered to pay more than $3,000 in restitution.

Jahzari Smith, 23, pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court yesterday to assaulting Deanne and Warren Iris, as well as wilful property damage.

The court heard that Mr and Mrs Iris lived together in an apartment complex where Smith was a tenant.

Mrs Iris messaged Smith asking him to move his belongings from a room due to be renovated, but he ignored the messages and she eventually moved them to the front of his door.

While Mrs Iris moved the items, Smith slammed the door in her face and went on to punch her in the eye during an “unprovoked attack”.

Mr Iris tried to break up the altercation but Smith also punched him in the face.

Smith’s brother eventually came out of the apartment to break up the fight and pulled Smith back into his room.

The Irises returned home and called the police but heard the sound of glass breaking from their living room.

They found that their glass French doors had been shattered and saw a cinder block sitting in the middle of the room.

They also saw Smith ride off on his motorcycle.

Police later arrested Smith, who admitted the assault and property damage, but told them that Mrs Iris had bitten his hand after he punched her.

The couple had bruises on their faces, which they did not seek medical treatment for, and their doors sustained $3,495 worth of damage.

The incident happened on February 16 last year.

Victoria Greening, for the defence, said there was a “long history of bad blood” between her client and the victims.

She added that Smith, who has since moved out of the house and down the street, felt disrespected when Mrs Iris moved his belongings.

Ms Greening said her client had never been in trouble with the law before and that he admitted fault at first chance.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo sentenced Smith to a 12-month conditional discharge – but ordered him to pay full restitution to the court by the end of March.

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