Saturday 25 October 2014

Man unhappy with haircut 'held scissors to neck of barber'

By Eimear Cotter

Published 15/07/2014 | 11:57

A BARBER allegedly had a pair of scissors held to his throat by a customer who was unhappy about a previous hair cut, a court heard.

Hawmand Hussein (32) is further accused of holding a cut-throat blade to the barber's neck.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the matter to September to allow Mr Hussein speak to his solicitor.

The accused, of Whitestown Grove in Blanchardstown, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with assault and production of an article capable of inflicting serious injury at Westend Barbers on February 4 last.

The court heard the DPP has directed summary disposal of the matters in the District Court, where the penalties upon conviction are less severe.

Outlining the allegation for jurisdiction purposes, Sergeant Maria Callaghan said it will be alleged that Mr Hussein went into the barbers to get his hair cut.

Sgt Callaghan claimed the accused spoke to the barber, who had cut his hair on a previous occasion.

The sergeant alleged that an argument broke out between the two men about the earlier hair cut, and Mr Hussein took a pair of scissors from the shelf and held it up against the injured party's throat.

Sgt Callaghan also alleged Mr Hussein got a cut-throat blade and held it against the victim's neck.

She alleged other customers broke up the incident, which was captured on CCTV cameras.

Judge McHugh said it was a "borderline case" but he would accept jurisdiction of the charges, meaning that the matters will remain in the District Court.

The judge ordered the disclosure of any statements in relation to the allegations.

Judge McHugh adjourned the case to a date in September to allow Mr Hussein speak to his legal team.

The accused has not yet indicated how he is pleading to the charges.

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