An Iran-born Edmonton man has been ordered to take anger management courses following a “nasty” attack on his wife’s boss stemming from a male co-worker saying hello to her in a mall.
Aadel Moradi, 39, was given a suspended sentence and placed on probation for 18 months on Tuesday in provincial court after pleading guilty to assault charges over what was an apparent clash of cultures.
“This was very nasty,” said Judge Kirk MacDonald, who described the Nov. 6, 2015, incident as a minor assault with “disturbing” undertones.
“You are now in Canada. We do not place restrictions on the way that women live here, unlike in some other countries,” said MacDonald, adding it is “very sad” that Moradi doesn’t see it.
The judge told Moradi — a Kurd who emigrated here from a city near Tehran about 15 years ago — that he had considered sending him to jail, but accepted the joint submission by Crown and defence.
“Just because you think someone has displayed bad manners, getting into a fight is no remedy for that,” said MacDonald.
Crown prosecutor Bethan Franklyn told court that Moradi and his wife had been at a city mall in late October 2015 when one of her co-workers came up to say hello.
Moradi asked the man how he knew his wife, then told him not to talk to her, said Franklyn.
On Nov. 6, Moradi went with his wife to the downtown office where she worked and asked to speak to human resources about the mall incident, said Franklyn.
Court heard he eventually spoke to Ross Undershute, the CEO of the health consulting organization, and stated “No men are allowed to speak to his wife and she can’t speak to any men.”
After Undershute explained that would not be possible, Moradi became irate and refused to leave after being asked to do so.
He tried to kick Undershute, and “clawed and scratched” his face before spitting at his face, said Franklyn. He also unsuccessfully tried to kick, knee, slap and bite Undershute.
Court heard Undershute suffered scratches to his nose and lip.
Franklyn said it was aggravating that the assault happened at a workplace and had domestic undertones. She also called the spitting a “degrading” act.
Defence lawyer Rob Shaigec called the incident “out of character” for Moradi and said his client is “very ashamed” of his behaviour.
Shaigec told court that Moradi, based on his culture and upbringing, had been offended by his wife’s co-worker approaching her in public and speaking to her without first introducing himself to Moradi.
Court heard Moradi and his wife have a six-year-old son and they have recently separated.
While on probation, Moradi must take an anger management course and perform 50 hours of community service. He is also not allowed to go to his wife’s office or to contact Undershute and three other co-workers.