Coffee shop owner arrested after fight

PADAWAN: A coffee shop owner was arrested by police after he was involved in a clash with an enraged customer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           at a coffee shop in Mile 10 town on Friday.

District police chief Supt Aidil Bolhassan said that according to the coffee shop owner, the customer became furious out of the blue around 10am and got a one-metre-long machete from his vehicle.

A struggle ensued between the 51-year-old shop owner and the customer causing him (the customer) to collapse. The customer was suspected to be drunk.

Fearing for his safety and his employee’s safety, he lodged a police report.

Aidil pointed out that early investigations revealed that the customer attacked the owner with a machete, while the owner used a wooden stick to defend himself.

“During the struggle, the shop owner hit the customer’s head causing him to collapse and became unconscious.

“At about 11.30pm on the same day (Friday), a doctor who treated the customer reported that he was still unstable.

“Examinations by the doctor found out that the man suffered a fracture on the head, bruises on the left eye and a wound on his left wrist,” Aidil said in a statement.

Police arrested the coffee shop owner yesterday and found out that he had three criminal records.

“During questioning, the man claimed to have hit the victim with a four-foot-long wooden stick, which happened to be a hoe handle.

“Investigations found out that the cause of the incident was due to a misunderstanding between the coffee shop owner and the victim.

“Prior to the incident, the coffee shop owner had shouted at someone outside the premises causing the customer, who was drunk, to think that the owner was shouting at him,” the local police chief said.