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Award-winning hairdresser is accused of 'four-month harassment campaign'

Award-winning hairdresser is accused of 'four-month harassment campaign'

An award-winning hairdresser has been accused of conducting a four-month campaign of harassment against a rival barber shop across from her former salon.

Paula Vika, 47, opened her eponymous hairstyling business in Norwich in 2007 and was nominated for the Prince’s Trust Young Achiever award, but the salon closed later.

Now she has pleaded not guilty to two charges of harassment against Sangar Saed and Camden Blackett, who both work as hairdressers at Rival Hairstudio.

Award-winning hairdresser Paula Vika, 47, has been accused of conducting a four-month campaign of harassment against a rival barber shop opposite her former salon in Norwich

Award-winning hairdresser Paula Vika, 47, has been accused of conducting a four-month campaign of harassment against a rival barber shop opposite her former salon in Norwich

Vika, of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, has also denied separate charges for threatening another hairdresser on February 25 at another company where she later worked.

The Norwich Magistrates’ Court heard that the alleged harassment of the two hairdressers began in November and continued against Mr Blackett until 18 February.

Vika was also accused of continuing to harass Mr Saed until March 15, despite bail conditions ordering her not to visit or contact his hairdressers.

Katherine Kibyra-Dean, the prosecutor, told the court: ‚ÄúSince February 27, when she was released on bail, there have been further reports and testimony from Mr Saed that she visited the barbershop on several occasions during March and sent him. countless text messages.’

Paula Vika opened her eponymous hair salon 'Paula Vika' in Norwich in 2007, but was later closed

Paula Vika opened her eponymous hair salon ‘Paula Vika’ in Norwich in 2007, but was later closed

Vika was accused of intimidating hairdressers at Rival Hairstudio, opposite her old salon

Vika was accused of intimidating hairdressers at Rival Hairstudio, opposite her old salon

As for the allegation of threats, Vika is said to have started ‘yelling and making comments that made her feel threatened’ and ‘raised her hand to the victim’.

Vika will stand trial on the two charges of harassment on June 14, while a trial over the threats will be heard on June 28 after a judge rules that they should be heard separately.

Under terms of bail, she was not allowed to enter the road of Ber Street – where her salon was located, as well as River Hairstudio – or contact the alleged victims.

Vika is originally from Angola but fled the civil war 23 years ago and moved to Norwich with her six-year-old daughter, the Norwich Evening News reported.

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