A plasterer used one of his work tools to slash his former employee’s arm during a dispute over unpaid wages.

Mohammed Faraj left his victim with a wound that went down to the bone after the attack on Kelsall Terrace in Kirkstall on September 3, last year.

The weapon used by the 37-year-old was a tool for carry out plastering work and ‘looked like a samurai sword’, Leeds Crown Court heard.

Mehran Nassiri, prosecuting, said the 21-year-old victim was also a plasterer and knew Faraj as he had worked for him.

Mr Nassiri said the background to the attack was a dispute between the two men over £180 Faraj owed the victim for work he had done for him.

At around 1am, on the day of the attack, Faraj pulled up in his car beside the victim, got out and swung the weapon at his left arm.

The victim started screaming as Faraj walked back to his car and drove away.

He was bleeding heavily from the wound and went to a nearby café for help.

The victim received treatment at Leeds General Infirmary for a cut that went through muscle down to the bone.

He also suffered nerve damage which took around a year to heal.

Faraj, of Nutting Grove Terrace, Farsley, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding.

He has previous convictions for criminal damage and a public order offence.

Marcus Waite, mitigating, said it was accepted that Faraj had used serious violence but said the attack was out of character.

Faraj was jailed for two years and three months.

Recorder David Gordon told Faraj: “An immediate custodial sentence is inevitable because it is a serious matter.”