A Sydney chef has denied stabbing a customer with a meat
skewer, telling a court the man had shoved him as he worked
beside a hot oven.
Mati Rahman, 43, is accused of piercing the hand of Jamil
Hossain, 43, with a long steel skewer at his wife's Lakemba
restaurant on March 31.
He has pleaded not guilty to reckless wounding.
Rahman told Burwood Local Court today he never stabbed Mr
Hossain, and was himself set upon as he prepared curries near
a 200-degree tandoori oven.
A group of men had become agitated after having to wait for
their meals, Rahman said.
He repeatedly told them to be patient, but Mr Hossain and
another man approached him as he worked alone in the kitchen.
Mr Hossain then shoved him, Rahman told the court.
He said a frightened young waitress cowered behind a fridge.
When the men were eventually escorted out, they threw chairs
and a mop at the restaurant's front windows, Rahman said.
"The (waitress) said `don't go outside, they want a fight',"
When pressed by prosector Wayne Law on why he hadn't
mentioned being pushed when he called police, Rahman said he
was flustered after the confrontation.
The trial before Magistrate Margaret Quinn continues.