A TANDOORI chef has been jailed after slashing a waiter with a knife in a row over an onion bhaji order.
Anayet Babul, 30, was jailed for 21 months after he flew into a rage after colleague Rajhu Hussain asked him why an order wasn’t ready.
Babul launched at Mr Hussain with a meat knife at an Indian takeaway last August, striking him in his arms as he tried to protect his face.
A court heard how the victim had asked why an onion bhaji starter order was not yet ready for a customer causing Babul to lose his temper.
The tandoori chef then attacked Mr Hussain in the kitchen at the Shalimar takeaway, in Shrewsbury, with a knife used for cutting meat.
Mr Hussain suffered nasty cuts to the forearm resulting in damage to his tendons which required surgery in hospital.
Bablu, of Kent, initially denied wounding, but changed his plea to guilty on the second day of his trial at Shrewsbury Crown Court.
Prosecutor Michael Aspinall said Bablu had threatened to kill Mr Hussain when he grabbed the kitchen knife.
He said: “The defendant was the tandoori chef. Mr Hussain’s role was to take orders then go to the kitchen to pack up the orders before they were collected by customers.
At about 4.40pm the defendant arrived and at some point the others also arrived.
“A customer came to pick up his order at 5pm. Mr Hussain went into the kitchen to start packing up the order.
“Bablu asked for the onion bhaji starter. It was not ready and Mr Hussain asked where it was.
“At this point the defendant became angry.
“He then walked towards Mr Hussain with fists clenched.
“The others separated them and they returned to their duties. Mr Hussain gave the customer their order.”
The court heard that Mr Hussain made a remark about him coming to work late and this appears to have been the catalyst for the argument.
“He took quite a long knife with a red handle that was used to cut meat in the kitchen,” Mr Aspinall added.
“He was waving it from side to side and as he did so he threatened to kill Mr Hussain. He used it to hit him and Mr Hussain raised his arms to protect himself.”
Giving evidence via a Bengali interpreter Mr Hussain told the jury he was left in pain from bleeding wounds.
He said Bablu had earlier said, “after work I will deal with you”.
He told the jury he walked towards the defendant because the defendant was swearing at him.
Mr Hussain said: “I went towards him with my hands in a fist. He got me in two places. He was waving it (the knife) and I was trying to grab it.”
During cross-examination by defence barrister Simon Parry, Mr Hussain said he was not the aggressor in the incident and had not struck Babul with a pan.
Mr Hussain told the jury: “There was no question of me hitting him with a pan. I did not attack him, why would I attack him?”