A plasterer has recently been convicted after attacking his ex-employee over a wages dispute. Using one of his tools, that reportedly looked like a samurai sword, the plasterer cut the worker’s arm. The attack took place in Kirkstall, Leeds and the wound sustained was down to the bone.
The initial attack was reported to have happened last September and was over unpaid wages. In the recent trial at Leeds Crown Court, the jury heard that the plasterer in question, Mohammed Faraj, attacked his twenty-one-year-old employee over £180 that Faraj owed him for work he had done.
At around one am on the day of the attack, Faraj pulled up in his car next to the victim. Then, he proceeded to exit his vehicle and swing his weapon toward the victim’s left arm. After injuring him, he then simply walked back to his own car and drove away.
The victim was bleeding heavily and hurried to a nearby cafe for some help. It was from there that he was rushed to the hospital to receive treatment. Faraj had managed to cut down to the bone, through the muscle causing nerve damage that took over a year to heal.
In his recent trial, Faraj pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding. He was jailed for two years and three months.
This is an absolutely shocking case of non-payment and luckily, these violent acts are uncommon. However, one thing that is happening every day in construction is tradespeople suffering because of employers and customers not paying what they owe.
For tradespeople, this can have devastating consequences on not only their finances but also their health too. The constant stress and worry about whether they’ll be able to pay their bills or provide for their family. Something needs to change.
Not only is it brutal instances like this, where someone was injured, that need to be highlighted, but all of the times that customers go silent after a tradesperson has grafted away on a job. The epidemic of non-payers needs to be seriously addressed with more security and laws to help get tradespeople what they are owed.
But what do you think? What needs to be done? Have you been a victim of one of these kinds of disputes? Let us know in the comments below.