A Saudi Arabia man accused of trying to strangle his daughter for being with a man he disapproved of is scheduled to appear in provincial court in St. John's this afternoon.
Khalaf Alshaek, 56, is charged with assault and two counts of uttering threats. However, sources tell The Telegram that the assault charge may be upgraded to assault causing bodily harm.
Alshaek is represented by defence lawyer Rosellen Sullivan.
It's alleged Alshaek attacked the woman, who is around 20, at Ches's Fish 'n' Chips restaurant on Freshwater Road on Thursday. He reportedly had his hands around the woman's neck, leaving marks. He also reportedly threatened to kill the girl and her boyfriend.
A translator was called in to assist Alshaek in court.