Bedford barber’s head shave punishes and humiliates 10-year-old boy

Court news. NNL-170515-160043001
Court news. NNL-170515-160043001

A Bedford man shaved the head of a 10-year-old boy as a punishment and to humiliate him, a court heard on Tuesday.

Abdulrahim Omar, 21, who works as a barber, was arrested on December 18 after the boy called the police to say an electric razor had been used to shave off his hair.

Prosecutor Martin Mulgrew told Luton Crown Court the boy said Omar had laughed at him.

When police arrested Omar, he accepted what happened, saying he had done it to teach the boy a lesson. He said the boy had been using a razor himself and he wanted to teach him that they are dangerous.

He said: “The aggravating factor in this unusual case is the age of the victim and the fact he was subject to punishment and humiliation.”

Omar, of Nutwood Close, Bedford, pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm. He had no previous convictions. Judge Richard Foster adjourned sentence for a report, saying: “This crosses custody threshold. The only question is whether I suspend it or not.” He adjourned sentence until April 10.