Teenager slashed car wash boss over pay

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A TEENAGER who repeatedly slashed his boss with a knife at a car wash in a row over pay was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail.

Shekar Ahmed, 18, who came to Britain from Iraq just two years ago, attacked Ilil Sidku at the Magic Around the World car wash in Lawn Lane, Hemel Hempstead.

Prosecutor Robert Dalling said on April 22, Ahmed, from Watford, had gone to Mr Sidku to ask for his pay, but was told: “Pay day is Monday. Come back then.”

“The defendant lunged at him and withdrew a craft knife. He slashed him repeatedly. It caused two deep gashes to his face – one from his forehead and one from his nose. He also suffered wounds to chest and ribs,” he said.

Other workers went to Mr Sidku’s aid and Ahmed himself was attacked.

Last Thursday St Albans Crown Court heard that when the police arrived they saw so much blood they thought more than one person had been injured.

In a victim impact statement Mr Sidku, a married father-of-three, said he was worried about the scarring on his face and stills feels troubled about was happened.

Ahmed was arrested and was found to have two craft knives on him. He admitted what he had done and told the police he had armed himself with the knife only to frighten Mr Sidku.

Ahmed of Kennett Court, Whippendell Road, Watford pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and having a bladed article. He had no previous convictions.

Judge John Plumstead told him: “You lashed out at him in a sustained attack, which caused very serious injuries.”