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Jamaica cab slasher gets nine years in prison

Taxi driver Ahmed Sharif speaks about his injuries during a news conference on the steps of City Hall.
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JAMAICA — The man who slashed a Jamaica cab driver after learning he was Muslim accepted a nine-year prison sentence in Manhattan court Tuesday.

Michael Enright, 24, was being driven by Bangladeshi immigrant Ahmad H. Sharif in Manhattan in 2010 when they started talking about the driver’s faith, court documents showed. Enright asked Sharif if he was Muslim, and after he responded in the affirmative, the passenger stabbed him while shouting Arabic terms at him.

Sharif survived the attack, escaping with cuts to his face, neck and shoulders, the complaint read.

The New York Post reported that Enright, a former student at the School of Visual Arts, delivered an apology to the victim on the day of his sentencing. Sharif, however, was not in the courtroom.

Lawrence Fisher, Enright’s lawyer, said his client had been an alcoholic since he was 12, the Post reported.

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