Shopkeeper beat man with a stick after being asked to call him a taxi

A shop worker pummelled a nuisance customer with a wooden pole, causing a bloody head injury.

Sathiss Nadesan, 41, hit Hassan Ahmed at least twice with the pole after the latter came into his shop, North Hill Food & Wine on North Hill Street in Toxteth, at around noon on November 4, 2023. Ahmed asked Nadesan to call him a taxi, but Nadesan refused, telling him he did not have a number.

Ahmed then lashed out, picking up the card reader from the till and throwing it in Nadesan's direction. Nadesan armed himself with the wooden pole and came out from behind the counter towards Ahmed, who threw a punch.

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Nadesan then struck Ahmed several times over the head before grabbing him by the neck and pushing him towards the shop door.

Ahmed made his way to the nearby Admiral Street police station, and an ambulance was called. He was treated for three cuts to the head, one of which had to be stapled.

Nadesan was arrested at 1pm that day, and in an interview gave a prepared statement in which he said he had grabbed the stick to scare off the "angry" customer, but ended up striking him in self defence. He later pleaded guilty to assault causing grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.

At Liverpool Crown Court today, June 4, Charles Lander, defending, said Nadesan - who has no previous convictions - had a good prospect of rehabilitation, and was fit to complete unpaid work.

Sentencing, Judge Mr Recorder Mark Ainsworth said: "You were working on November 4 2023 when a member of the public came into the premises and asked you to call a taxi for him. That was Hassan Ahmed. A perfectly reasonable request, but you said you couldn't because you didn't have a number, and you asked him to leave. There was then a confrontation between you, which I have to acknowledge was not entirely your fault, because for reasons that are far from clear, Mr Ahmed picked up the card reader and threw it behind the counter. He threw it to the point near to where you were standing.

"That was both foolish and unwise of him, but it doesn't begin to justify your response, because you picked up what appears to be a wooden pole and bat from behind the counter. You approached Mr Ahmed, who tried to punch you. You then hit him on the head on two occasions. There were at least two blows, possible three. Then you grabbed Mr Ahmed and pushed him towards the shop door.

"Mr Ahmed was badly injured as a result of this. he had three lacerations to his head. In the days that followed he had difficulty seeping because of the stress of what happened. He described himself as being very scared at the time. You must understand this sort of response is wholly inappropriate and criminal."

He sentenced Nadesan, of Ivanhoe Road, Crosby, to a total of eight months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and ordered him to complete 40 rehabilitation days and 140 hours of unpaid work.

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