A hairdresser has been jailed for six months after harassing three blonde customers he had become 'infatuated with' because he said all women in his native Bulgaria had dark hair.

Orhan Idriz, 38, met the women when he worked as a hairdresser at Jacob's Barbers and Tanning Salon in Maidstone, Kent.

He became "fixated" by three blonde customers and 'constantly hounded' them between December 2015 and January this year.

Idriz offered them free haircuts and tanning sessions and Maidstone JPs heard that he told police he "liked blondes" as all women from Bulgaria were dark-haired.


The court heard Idriz would "stare at them" when they were in the changing rooms of the tanning salon.

When the customers left the salon, Idriz would follow them onto trains, regularly pursuing them between local railway stations.

Idriz would also loiter outside their places of work and try to chat them up if he met them in the street.

While on the trains, Idriz would peer at the women between the seats, and on occasion would approach them, when he would try to look up their skirts and even "flick chewed up balls of newspaper at them" to get their attention.

One one occasion, a victim he was pursuing ended up sobbing as she spoke to a ticket inspector when she told him about Idriz following her.

On another, Idriz sat opposite one of his victims with his legs open as he "rubbed his thighs", the court heard.

The court was told how Idriz - who denied the charges - pestered the women when they were on nights out in the town and would wait outside their work to offer them free treatments at the salon.

The barber, who lives in Maidstone, Kent, was arrested by police and was charged with three counts of harassment without violence in January this year.

After a two-day trial last month - in which his three blonde victims gave evidence against him - he was found guilty of all three counts and released on bail ahead of sentencing, where he was jailed for six months.

He was also handed a restraining order banning him from contacting his victims and travelling on trains between Maidstone West and Strood - as well as being ordered to pays costs and fines totalling £1,280 (NZ$2176).