Noel Alexander Austin returned to the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today after being sent to the Psychiatric Hospital for an evaluation.
Weeks ago, Magistrate Douglas Frederick sent the 40-year-old there after he admitted slapping his sister in her face because she saw him at Cheapside Market and did not speak to him.
Austin has no fixed place of abode.
Station Sergeant Neville Watson told the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court last time that Austin and Cheryl Jordan are siblings but Austin is not on speaking terms with his family.
Both of them were at Cheapside Market on December 19 and he tried to get his sister’s attention, but she ignored him. Austin then approached the woman and insisted that whenever she sees him, she has to speak.
Jordan ignored him again but this time Austin slapped her in the face and reminded her that he is her brother; therefore she “must speak” to him when she sees him.
Today, hospital officials recommended that Austin continue his therapy as an outpatient.
During his address to the court, Austin explained that a doctor had suggested that when he see members of his family, he “should go somewhere else.” Austin felt it would be better when he sees a family member, to go “to the nearest police station.”
He also apologised to the court for his previous behaviour and asked the magistrate to give him “community service at the market.”
Instead, Magistrate Frederick ordered Austin to continue his treatment and placed him on a six-month bond to keep the peace. If he breaches the bond, he will face six months imprisonment.