13th January 2022, 17:14
At the Magistrates Court a man pleaded guilty to two counts of common assault but not guilty to Affray, threat to kill and Actual Bodily Harm. Jurisdiction was accepted by the Stipendiary Magistrate but the option to move to the Supreme Court for sentencing if found guilty remains open.
It is alleged that Riyen Lea verbally abused the victim before knocking her off her feet. He is accused of grabbing her by the throat, covering her mouth and telling her he was going to kill her. The summary of facts read out by the prosecution included that he slapped her 3 or 4 times and that the victim sustained a black eye and a broken tooth.
Mr Lea pleaded guilty to both assault charges and admitted to slapping her twice in the face and pushing her. He denied breaking her tooth.
Defence lawyer, Jenny Allen explained to the court that most serious offence he was facing was the ABH charge, which carries a maximum sentence of 51 weeks, and therefore believes that the Magistrate's Court has the powers to sentence if found guilty. The Crown agreed, but clarified that if found guilty the case could be sent to the Supreme Court for sentencing
This view was reconfirmed by the Stipendiary Magistrate, Charles Pitto who also denied the defendant bail. Mr Lea will next be in court on the 10th of February.