Chef stabbed manager who told him he'd be losing his job
A CHEF at an Indian takeaway plunged a kitchen knife into his manager's back after being told he would be losing his job.
Amir Ali, 33, attacked manager Arshad Hussain at the Massala Grill in Downend before turning his attention onto his assistant chef Amanat Sultan. Despite bleeding heavily Mr Hussain struggled to his feet and threw a pan of potatoes at Ali, right, to allow Mr Sultan to escape.
At Bristol Crown Court yesterday Ali admitted wounding Mr Hussain with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm. He was jailed for nine years.
Peter Coombe, prosecuting, said the attack had been carried out at the newly-opened curry and kebab shop in Westbourne Road on April 19 this year when Mr Hussain and Mr Sultan arrived with supplies to find Ali in a foul mood.
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Mr Coombe said: "Mr Hussain went to ring owner Mazhir Iqbal to say, despite being an excellent chef, Mr Ali was becoming impossible to work with because of his demeanour."
Mr Hussain told the defendant he showed him no respect and told him they should go their separate ways. But as he went back towards the store room, the defendant stabbed him in the back with a ten-inch kitchen knife, forcing Mr Hussain to his knees.
"Once on the floor he felt a further two blows to his back," said Mr Coombe. "He had two six-inch deep stab wounds to the left of his spine and a slice on his side from a third blow.
"Mr Sultan heard what was going on and when he saw what was happening shouted 'Brother Amir – what are you doing?'
"The defendant then ran after him and lunged at him but they both slipped over and Mr Sultan suffered only a minor cut to his hand. Despite being badly injured Mr Hussain went to help Mr Sultan and picked up a cooking pot and threw it at the defendant. There ensued a chase around the kitchen, with Mr Hussain throwing plates to defend himself."
Mr Coombe said eventually Mr Hussain and Mr Sultan managed to flee the restaurant and get into the street where Mr Hussain called an ambulance for himself.
Witnesses described blood pumping from one of his wounds.
Mr Coombe said Ali told one witness "The devil gets you eventually – you get what you deserve," and tried to claim he had been attacked first.
Mr Hussain suffered life threatening injuries and had to have his chest drained of blood after an artery was cut.
Jason Taylor, defending, said: "The fact that this could have ended in death has not escaped Mr Ali and he is aware of the gravity of the situation."
He said Ali was a father-of-two who, after this "fit of rage", would not see his children for some time and faced the prospect of never seeing his mother again, as she was extremely frail and lived in Bangladesh.
Recorder Jonathan Fuller QC told Ali he could have killed Mr Hussain, whom he commended for his bravery.
After the hearing Mr Hussain, 42, told the Post: "At the time I thought I was going to die. I just knew I had to get to hospital. When I was on the phone to them I had to go because I had no strength and felt cold.
"I feel lucky to be alive but am still in pain.
"I just hope he has time to reflect on what he has done."