World Bulletin / News Desk
A street cleaner who appeared in a YouTube video in which he cracked his broom down on a boy's head in the western province of Kocaeli now faces injury charges that could result in up to three years, five months in jail, news portal ntvmsnbc.com reported on Friday.
The video, which ascended to instant fame in June, attracting more than 1 million predominately Turkish viewers in a matter of days, features a dispute between the hot-tempered 17-year-old boy and the patience-worn street cleaner, who attempts to ward off the juvenile by repeatedly barking, “oğlum bak git,” or “get lost, kid.”
In the video, the juvenile appears to taunt street cleaner Selçuk Kahraman, shouting, “Come on, hit me, hit me,” as he brandishes his belt. The juvenile later told the media that Kahraman had slapped his little brother after he found the two exchanging abuse on the street. In the video -- allegedly taken after the slapping -- the big brother taunts Kahraman repeatedly, until the street cleaner unexpectedly cracks his broom down on the boy's head, sending him running. The boy received 12 stitches for the injury.
The Gölcük Chief Prosecutor's Office then prepared an indictment, seeking three years, five months imprisonment for the garbage man on charges of intentional injury.
The Gölcük Criminal Court of Peace, which is hearing the case, ruled during the first hearing of the trial that the boy be provided with a lawyer and a social service specialist and postponed the trial.
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