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Saturday 21 October 2017

Cut-throat blade held to client's neck in hair row

Hawmand Hussein
Hawmand Hussein

THIS is the barber who held a cut-throat blade to a customer's neck after he allegedly called him a terrorist and complained about a previous hair cut.

Hawmand Hussein (32) claimed he was racially abused by the customer who told him to "go home to Iraq and set off a bomb", and this caused him to over-react and assault the man with a cut-throat blade and a pair of scissors.

A court heard the victim came into the barbers because he was unhappy with a previous hair cut and was demanding it be fixed.

Judge David McHugh imposed a three-month sentence suspended for six months, saying no provocation could justify Hussein's behaviour.

The defendant, of Whitestown Grove in Blanchardstown, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to assault and producing an article capable of inflicting serious injury at a premises in Blanchardstown on February 4.

Garda Alan Reddy said the victim, who is originally from India, received a haircut in January 2014 about which he was unhappy.

Gda Reddy said the victim returned to the barbers in February to complain to Hussein as he wanted his hair fixed.

There was an argument and Hussein became irate, holding a cut-throat blade to the victim's neck in a threatening manner.

The court also heard Hussein took a pair of scissors from a shelf and held it up against the injured party's throat.

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Gda Reddy said the assault was captured on CCTV but there was no audio so gardai were unable to confirm what was said between the two men.

Defence lawyer Aidan McCarthy claimed the victim made a number of comments which caused the defendant's reaction.

Mr McCarthy claimed Hussein, who has lived in Ireland for eight years, was racially abused by the customer, who called him a terrorist and told him to go home, "explode himself" and "set off a bomb".

Mr McCarthy said Hussein sadly over-reacted, "saw red" and picked up the tools of his trade, which just happened to be the scissors and razor.

A fellow barber, Lee Daly, told the court he was present during the incident. He claimed the victim was aggressive and told Hussein to "go back to your country to blow bombs up".

Mr McCarthy said father-of-one Hussein has never been in trouble before and was very chastened by the incident as he felt he had let himself down.

The lawyer asked Judge McHugh to leave Hussein without a conviction, saying he was willing to make a donation to charity.

Imposing a three-month suspended sentence, Judge McHugh said Hussein completely over-reacted and was lucky not to be going to jail.

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