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article imageBarber faces assault charge after shaving 'fool' on client's head

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By Kev Hedges     Oct 14, 2011 in Crime
A barber in Bristol, in the West of England was convicted of common assault after shaving the word "fool" into the back of a "vulnerable" man's head.
Michael Ricketts, 49, walked into a the Jam Cuts barber shop in Bristol and asked for a shape or pattern to be shaved into the back of his head. Barber, Michael Campbell, 35, then proceeded to shave the word "fool", which was only noticed when Ricketts returned to a drop-in centre and the word was observed by three witnesses and a senior care worker who informed police.
The care worker, Jackie Lester, was shocked and told the BBC:
Michael had the word 'fool' written on the back of his head, with a little line meant to be a smiley face. I was really shocked.
In court, Campbell's defence attorney suggested the care worker had misinterpreted the word "cool" for "fool". The court heard then from Mrs Lester who said:
You may suggest what you like, but I am very confident about what I saw on his head. I just couldn't believe it. I was stunned. I asked Michael where he got the haircut from and he said Stapleton Road. I realised it had been reported to the police, if not I would have reported it to the police as he is a vulnerable adult.
When Mr Campbell gave evidence he insisted he "shaved the word 'cool' but it had been misinterpreted." It was also revealed that Campbell had no formal qualifications to cut hair. Campbell had also denied knowing that Mr Ricketts was a vulnerable adult.
Prosecutor Nick Evans told the court the aggravating factors of the case meant a custodial sentence could be considered. The bench informed the prosecution "all options were being considered", reports the Market Rasen Mail.
Campbell was told to return to the court on November 4 following pre-sentencing reports.
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