Saturday 26 May 2018

Chef who threw knife at colleague avoids conviction

A chef threw a kitchen knife at a co-worker and kicked him a number of times during an argument in the
A chef threw a kitchen knife at a co-worker and kicked him a number of times during an argument in the "heated atmosphere of a busy kitchen". (stock photo)

A chef threw a kitchen knife at a co-worker and kicked him a number of times during an argument in the "heated atmosphere of a busy kitchen".

Ahmed Bem Aicha (47) was left without a conviction after he made a donation to charity.

He also lost his job as a result of the assault.

It had been alleged the men had thrown racial insults at each other.

Judge John Lindsay struck out the charge after Aicha donated €600 to Barretstown.

The defendant, of Ballymanus, Castlepollard, Co Westmeath, had admitted before Tallaght District Court to assaulting a co-worker at Marlay Nursing Home, Kellystown Road, Rathfarnham, on January 25, 2017.

Sergeant Eithne Madden previously said that Aicha had thrown a knife at the victim as he left the kitchen, narrowly missing him.

Kicked

Sgt Madden said the victim was also kicked in the chest and head area a number of times.

The garda said the victim suffered some bruising but did not require medical attention.

The court heard Aicha had never been in trouble before.

Defence lawyer Stephen Montgomery said the defendant, who was originally from Tunisia, had trained as a chef, and had worked in a number of top hotels and restaurants in Ireland.

Mr Montgomery said that the assault took place "in the heated environment" of a busy kitchen and there had been "racial slurs" from both parties.

The court heard that Aicha was very sorry for his behaviour, and had written a letter of apology.

Judge Lindsay had ordered Aicha to pay €400 compensation to the victim, but gardai said the victim had left the country.

Judge Lindsay struck out the charge after Aicha donated €600 to Barretstown.

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