The boss of a failed restaurant has been jailed for 12 years for attacking two of his staff with a baseball bat in a revenge plot and trying to burn down his business.
Ahmet Dincer, 63, the former owner of the Don Diego tapas restaurant in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, was described by a judge as a dangerous man who had shown no remorse for his actions. The Turkish restauranteur was acquitted at Birmingham Crown Court of attempting to murder former chef Carlos Tirado and waitress Monica Lopez.
But he pleaded guilty to wounding Tirado and was convicted by a jury after a week-long trial of attempting to wound Lopez with the intent to cause her grievous bodily harm. He was also cleared of two counts of arson with intent to endanger life, but convicted of two counts of simple arson. Dincer, who blamed Tirado and Lopez for a staff rebellion which forced the Sutton Coldfield restaurant to close, lured the pair to an office above the failed business on 8 March. As they entered the enraged boss smashed a baseball bat across Tirado’s head before spraying him with pepper spray and shooting him with a ball-bearing gun.
Tirado, who was commended by Judge Patrick Thomas QC, fought off Dincer pelting him with chairs, bottles of wine and a wine-rack. He and Lopez were then able to escape to raise the alarm. Dincer was then seen on CCTV dousing the office in diesel and attempting to set fire to it.
He had earlier poured around two litres of the accelerant around the restaurant downstairs. When later arrested at his home in Chances Street, Edgbaston, Birmingham, armed police discovered his home had also been soaked in diesel. Ruling Dincer was a dangerous offender, Judge Thomas imposed a 17-year extended sentence – 12 years in custody and five on licence.
He told the restauranteur: “You are a man for whom revenge is a part of his mental attitude and I am unable to detect from you the slightest remorse for what you have done. In the future you would feel the same towards the same people or different people in your mind who had caused you grief. I am entirely satisfied you present a serious and obvious risk to the public of serious harm caused by you committing further, specified, serious offences.”