Bristol barber sentenced for shaving 'fool' on customer

Michael Campbell
Image caption Michael Campbell shaved the word "fool" on the back of the head of a man with learning difficulties

A barber who shaved the word "fool" in the hair of a man with learning difficulties has been sentenced to 200 hours of community work.

Michael Campbell, 35, was found guilty of common assault at Bristol Magistrates' Court on 14 October.

He shaved the word in Michael Ricketts' hair on 11 February when working at Jam Cuts, in Stapleton Road, Bristol.

Chairman of the bench Richard Barry told Campbell it was "a gratuitous degradation" of his victim.

Mr Ricketts, 49, had asked for a pattern but "fool" with a smiley face was cut instead.

Campbell had denied a charge of common assault and one of failure to answer bail.

He was told he would have to complete the community work over the next 18 months.

Campbell was also told he would have to wear an electronic tag with an overnight curfew for three months.

He was also ordered to pay £300 in compensation and £775 in court costs.

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