An Irish boxer who single handedly battered a mob in Istanbul last year could now be facing a prison sentence.
Kuwaiti-born Irish citizen Mohammed Dobbous was arrested by police and charged with assault and GBH over the fight in the Aksaray neighbourhood, reports the Express.
Dobbous denied the charges and said he wasn’t a boxer, but ‘just a Mike Tyson fan’.
He also told judge the whole brawl had been a misunderstanding after he was attacked by a shopkeeper for breaking his fridge while trying to open it.
He told the court:
When the bottles fell, the man in the shop tried to hit me with a stick. I grabbed it and threw it away. I was confused.
Then, others came at me. I don’t remember their faces. One man tried to stab me in the back. I knew I would be done if I fell while they were attacking me.
As a result of the fight, Dobbous had to undergo surgery after suffering a cracked skull, broken arm and broken shoulder blade, reports the Daily Star.
However, shopkeeper Senol Palan told the court that Dobbous became aggressive after being told the shop didn’t sell alcohol, and that he pulled the fridge door off deliberately.
Judges adjourned the case for expert examination of the CCTV footage, but if found guilty, Dobbous could face up to nine years in prison.