Thai immigrant slashes colleague with knife in row over burnt steaks

 Neville Fitzpatrick thought he would die after ‘vicious assault’ by Thai chef Songwut Sanban.

At Ennis Circuit Court on Thursday, 47-year-old Dubliner Neville Fitzpatricksaid he felt sure he would die after what he called a “vicious assault” by Thai chef Songwut Sanban (42) in the kitchen of the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon, Co Clare.

A chef with 30 years’ experience, Mr Fitzpatrick has not worked as a chef since the knife attack, in which he sustained a broken left wrist and had one tendon severed and another severely damaged.

Garda Mary Fahy of Ennistymon Garda station told the court it was Mr Fitzpatrick’s belief that Mr Sanban “had sabotaged his steaks”, ordered by a group of golfers on the night of September 11th, 2014.

In the case, Mr Sanban pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Mr Fitzpatrick. Conviction of such an offence can result in a jail term of up to five years.

The judge remanded Mr Sanban on continuing bail for sentence on July 25th next.

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