Tuesday, 26 Sep 2023

Moment shop owner ‘chokes’ woman he accused of stealing sparking huge protest

‘Assault’ In Peckham Hair Product Shop

Footage appears to show the moment a shop owner ‘strangles’ a woman after he accused her of trying to steal from him.

An angry crowd of anti-racism protesters blocked a busy road outside the shop in South East London, after a dramatic video circulated online.

The video, which spread around social media on Monday, shows a fight breaking out between a woman and man – believed to be the owner of Peckham Hair and Cosmetics named Sohail Sindho, 45.

Mr Sindho appears to put his hands around her throat after he alleges she tried to steal items from his shop.

A large crowd surrounded the shop in Rye Lane, which was closed the day after the clip went viral.

Anti-racism campaigners claimed the incident was an “example of everyday male violence against women”.

The Met Police confirmed a woman was arrested on suspicion of assault and later bailed pending further enquiries while the store worker was not arrested, the MailOnline reported.

The Instagram video starts with Mr Sindho standing behind the woman as they grab each other while someone behind the camera threatens to call the police.

He appears to slide his hands around her neck as she yells “call the police” and claims she is being strangled.

He appears to refuse to let go before she hits him over the head with a shopping basket.

Mr Sindho claims he was merely “detaining” her after a row broke out when he refused to refund her on some hair products. He claims she tried to steal some items from the shelves and walk out.

“It looks like I was choking her. It’s not choking… I was detaining her,” Mr Sindho told TV presenter and reporter Antoine Allen.

“It wasn’t intentional. I just get the neck randomly.”

In response to the incident, Peckham Hair Shop has been plastered with sticky notes criticising the shopkeeper.

One sticky note reads: “You touch 1. You touch all.”

Another says: “Keep your hands off black women.”

Edilenny Douteo, 18, who filmed the video, told The Mirror: “She was asking for a refund and they told her that is not possible.

“So she went to the shop and she told them that if you’re not gonna get my refund, I want to get what I’m supposed to get for my money.”

She claimed when the woman tried to flee, the worker “pusher her out” and became “aggressive”.

She alleged that he then “strangled her very, very badly” and “dragged her into the shop”.

Detective Chief Superintendent Seb Adjei-Addoh, local policing commander for Southwark, said: “We know people will be concerned about a video circulating online of an incident in a shop.

“Our officers attended on Monday and continue to investigate the full circumstances of what has taken place.

“The investigation will include reviewing the actions of everyone involved. I would like to thank people in our local community for remaining calm and giving us the time to conduct a thorough investigation.

“If you have information that may help us I would urge you to get in touch.”

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