Reggae artist attacked with sword

October 4, 2009 2:57:13 PM PDT
A Jamaican reggae artist was slashed in the head, arm and hand by a Brooklyn man wielding a 26-inch sword. Police say the musician's neighbor was arrested and the sword recovered on Sunday morning.

Garfield Dixon was hospitalized for several hours at Kings County hospital. He left with bandages crowning his dreadlocks and wrapped around his left hand, his wrist and elbow.

Dixon goes by the stage name Major Mackerel, and has released several albums.

His girlfriend, Novia Watson, says that the neighbor said he was angry that Dixon was harassing his wife. But Watson says that Dixon never messed with her.

Dixon also denied harassing the man's wife.

The 37-year-old neighbor faces charges including assault with intent to cause serious injury with a weapon.

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