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Monday 20 August 2018

Sacked girl's dad hit me -- salon owner

A BUSINESSMAN has claimed he was punched in the face and repeatedly pushed in the chest by an angry father and his friend after he had fired the man's daughter from his hairdressing salon.

Jason Bonney (41) and Mark Finlay (41) are alleged to have left businessman Karim Ne'aime covered in blood following the attack in Malahide.

The pair have strongly denied the allegations, claiming Bonney was at the hairdresser's to complain about Mr Ne'aime's poor treatment of his daughter Jean, but said Mr Ne'aime over-reacted and pushed him, and Bonney defended himself.

Bonney, of Drumnigh Wood in Portmarnock, and Finlay, of Kilmore Willows, Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan, appeared before Swords District Court accused of assaulting Mr Ne'aime. The alleged incident took place at his hairdressing salon at New Street Mall, Malahide, on March 31 last year.

Mr Ne'aime said he employed Bonney's daughter Jean as a junior stylist in his salon but was forced to terminate her employment in March 2010 due to the number of complaints he received from clients about her work.

Closing

He alleged he was closing the salon at around 6pm when Bonney came to the door to speak to him.

Mr Ne'aime said he told him "you can't come in", and Bonney started pushing him with both hands. He alleged he pushed him back into the salon, and repeatedly pushed him by the chest to the back of the shop, which was about six metres.

Mr Ne'aime claimed Finlay then came into the shop and punched him with his right fist, hitting him in his right eye and leaving him with blood on his face and shirt.

Defence lawyer, Brendan Foley, said Bonney will claim he wanted to speak to Mr Ne'aime about his poor treatment of his daughter. Mr Foley said Bonney will claim that Mr Ne'aime pushed him, and he held up his hands to stop him.

He also claimed that Finlay and Ms Bonney will corroborate this, and that Mr Ne'aime pushed Bonney, and he protected himself with his hands.

Judge Patrick Brady adjourned the matter for three weeks for legal argument.

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