Man attacks relatives in row over phone

Nassau, BAHAMAS-A man knocked out his cousin’s teeth and attacked two other relatives in a petty row over a cellphone, a court heard yesterday.

Cleveland Davis, 29, has pleaded guilty to causing grievous harm and simple assault. He is on remand at the prison awaiting sentencing.

Around 12:05am on April 28, Davis accused Earlesha Stuart, Godfrelee Green and Shawn Walkins of removing his phone as they socialised in front of their home.

When they denied having the device, he became enraged. The court did not ask the model or value of the missing phone.

Stuart told police that Davis punched her in the face before he hit her ears with a piece of wood.

Davis then turned on Green, striking her in the head with the wood as well.

Then, Davis struck Walkins in his mouth, causing him to lose two teeth. The blow caused four other teeth to become loose, the court heard.

The prosecutor said that Davis has a previous conviction for assault.

Defense lawyer Ian Cargill said that Davis was remorseful and had apologised to his victims.

He asked Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt to order Davis to compensate his victims and place him on probation.

Cargill suggested a $5,000 payment to Walkins and $750 to the other victims.

However, the prosecutor Corporal Samantha Miah said that Walkins risked losing the four shaky teeth.

Miah said that she could not quantify the losses since no quotes were on the file.

The magistrate has adjourned sentencing to Monday.