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Curry chef found not guilty of chilli powder attack in UK

Press Trust of India  |  London 

A at a restaurant in was today found not guilty of assault over an allegation that he deliberately threw chilli powder in the face of an unsatisfied diner.

was accused of attacking at the of Bengal in Tonypandy in January last year.

The 47-year-old, who also owns the Bangladeshi-origin eatery, had denied causing actual bodily harm and said he had acted in self-defence because Evans was being aggressive.

A jury at agreed with his version of events and declared him not guilty today.

"I am happy and relieved. I was very confident that the British system would find the right answer, Islam said after the verdict.

The prosecution case was that the house owner had grabbed a handful of chilli powder and threw it in the face of David Evans, thereby causing him "difficulties with his eyes".

The incident occurred over a dispute about the quality of the chicken served to Evans and his wife, who were dining at the of Bengal on January 22, 2017.

Describing the chicken, Evan said: It tasted rubbery and like paraffin. It was shiny. I go to lots of Indian restaurants and I have never like that before.

Islam told the court that he was "very frightened" as the couple shouted at him and as he walked away from the table he could hear being followed.

I ran to get the chilli powder because I wanted to get it before he grabbed me, he claimed.

According to Online, Islam said clenched his fist in the doorway of the kitchen and was shouting before he threw the chilli powder because he thought he was going to be attacked.

Evans doubled up in pain and was taken to hospital where a saline drip was used to clean his eyes and he was found to have suffered burns where the spice landed on him. Islam was arrested later the same evening.

Jurors were shown CCTV footage from the evening as the defence challenged the couples sequence of events.

"Mr Islam you have been found not guilty, you are discharged and you may leave the dock, said after the jury read out its verdict.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 22:25 IST