Nail worker locked customers in shop.
Byline: Tom Houghton Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
A NAIL salon worker has been found guilty of assaulting a customer who complained about the quality of her treatment.
Lang Van Pham, 25, who works at Amazing Nails on Albert Road in Penarth, was found guilty of assaulting Anais Petherick.
He denied his work was not good enough saying he had done a "beautiful job".
His 21-year-old victim described him as being "like the devil".
Cardiff Magistrates' Court was told she had visited the shop with her sister Sinead at about 3pm on September 8. During the incident, Van Pham locked the door to the shop, stopping the two women and two younger customers from leaving.
The court heard he became aggressive and pushed Anais Petherick with two hands.
Sinead Petherick had also alleged she was the victim of an assault but Van Pham was cleared of a second assault charge.
Anais Petherick complained her nails had not been done to satisfaction despite several attempts by Pham.
He then asked his wife, Thamh Thu Thi Nguyen, who owns the shop, to attempt the nails once more.
She tried twice, but when Van Pham tried for an eighth time, the customer said she would not be paying.
She then described how the man became "agitated and aggressive", and tried to pull her wrists towards him.
She added: "It made me feel scared and uncomfortable. His attitude towards me wasn't nice at all." Witnesses described how he "darted" to the counter to get a key before locking the store's front door. He then refused to let the group of four out, the court heard.
The two teenage girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, described being scared at being locked in the shop.
Both said Van Pham, of Windsor Terrace, Penarth, became aggressive and swore.
When Anais Petherick tried to get out, the witnesses said they saw physical contact between Pham and Anais Petherick as she tried to open the door.
She lost her balance and described the two-handed push as being "quite hard".
Van Pham denied any intention of assault and said he believed Anais Petherick was trying to avoid paying.
He added: "That's my business, I have to take care of my business. Maybe I was not happy.
"I did her nails so many times and I did a beautiful job. Maybe I was a little bit angry."
A pre-sentence report will be prepared on Van Pham before sentencing, which is due to take place at Cardiff Magistrates' Court on December 10.
Lang Van Pham