A barber has appeared in court after allegedly slicing a man’s throat with a razor blade. Lloyd Dobrodumow of Newcastle is accused of assaulting Robert Charles Smith at his barber’s shop after an argument over a discarded beer can.
Mr Dobrodumow formerly ran the ‘The Demon Barber’ shop, and continued using that name for his Twitter account.
The name is taking from the story of Sweeny Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a fictional character who killed his customers by slashing their throats with a razor.
The Telegraph reports that, speaking for the prosecution, Veronica Jordon said the victim had been left with injuries to his nerves, muscle and a gland. Witnesses described seeing a man staggering out of the barber’s shop clutching his neck, and seeing blood stains on the pavement.
Police have confirmed that he was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary with neck injuries and remains in hospital in a stable condition.
Mr Dobrodumow did not enter a plea at the court and spoke only to confirm his name and address. He was remanded in custody and will appear at Newcastle Crown Court later this month.
District Judge Stephen Earl said that the case was too serious to be referred to magistrates’ court and must go to the Crown court.
“I’m left with a bizarre set of circumstances but there is a man that has a very serious injury as a result of those circumstances,” he said.
Police confirmed that Mr Dobrodumow had been charged. A spokesman said: “Police were called to Grainger Street, in Newcastle city centre, at 5.09pm on Tuesday, June 10, following reports of an assault.
“Lloyd Anthony Dobrodumow, has been charged with wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm.”