THURSDAY, AUGUST 23: A 21-year-old man was charged today with assaulting a mother.

Joecoy Burrows denied unlawfully assaulting Carlisha Burgess and causing her bodily harm on August 6 in Sandys.

He also pleaded not guilty to threatening her on the same day.

Mr Burrows told the court he was “messing with” the complainant. He said Ms Burgess claims her son is his.

He told the court he wants to take a paternity test but Ms Burgess refuses to comply and that’s why the alleged incident arose.

The matter was adjourned for trial in December and Mr Burrows was given $2,000 bail with one surety. He was ordered to stay away from the complainant.