Reggae singer slashed with samurai sword in Brooklyn


Garfield Dixon of 91st St in Brownsville, who performs reggae dancehall as Major Mackerel, was released from Kings County Hospital with wounds on his hands, arms and face, and missing the tip of a finger, after a neighbor attacked him with a samurai sword early Sunday morning.

Dixon says that Oscar Joseph, 37, of the same address, confronted him as he returned from a cigarette run and accused him of hitting on Joseph’s wife (Dixon says he didn’t, although some of his friends may have). Dixon was wounded trying to get the sword away from Joseph while his companion, Novia Watson, called the police. Joseph, who was arrested still holding the sword, has been charged with assault with intent to cause a serious injury, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.