Curry chef ‘attacked customer with chilli powder’ after food dispute

A curry house chef attacked a customer by throwing chilli powder in his eyes after receiving a complaint about “rubbery” chicken, a court has heard.

Kamrul Islam, 47, is currently on trial at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court, accused of causing David Evans actual bodily harm while he was dining at the Prince of Bengal in Tonypandy, South Wales in January.

Opening the case yesterday, Stephen Donaghue, for the prosecution, said Islam, who claims he acted in self-defence, started swearing at Mr Evans and his wife Michelle after they complained about their food, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Mr Evans is said to have followed Islam to the door of the kitchen to demand an apology, which is when the incident occurred.

He said: “It was at this point that the defendant had some chilli powder in his hand that he had acquired in the kitchen and then threw it in the face of Mr Evans.”

Mr Evans’ reaction was “immediate and obvious” and he doubled up in pain, Mr Donaghue added.

He was taken to hospital where a saline drip was used to clean his eyes and he was found to have suffered burns where the spice landed on him.

After being arrested later that night, Islam told officers he acted in self-defence because he thought Mr Evans was going to attack him, and denied swearing at the couple, the court was told.

Mr Donaghue said: “He was always polite, he said, and they, he thought, were simply trying to get a free meal or something like that, but he simply walked away. He felt that Mr Evans pursued him with a view to violence. He said he picked the chilli powder up because he thought Mr Evans might throw a punch at him and, as he turned around, Mr Evans was forming his hand into a fist as if to punch him.”

The Telegraph reported that Mr Donaghue told jurors their task would be to look at the two areas of dispute – what was said at the table, and whether or not Islam had acted in lawful self-defence.

Islam denies assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The trial continues today.

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