A MAN who bit off a portion of another man’s ear during a fight in a nightclub has been jailed.
Michael Harper, 25, got his victim in a headlock and then clamped his ear with his mouth.
A three centimetre segment of the ear was actually bitten off, Mold Crown Court was told.
Victim Aaron O’Sullivan, 25, was rushed to hospital – together with the piece of ear which was recovered – but doctors had not been able to reattach it.
The wound had been stitched and it may be that the victim would need corrective surgery, the court was told.
Harper, of Lamberton Drive in Brymbo, admitted a wounding charge. A charge of wounding with intent was dropped.
Jailing him for two and a half years, Judge Niclas Parry said it was a serious incident of violence on licensed premises late at night and involved group action.
Judge Parry told Harper that his position was aggravated by his appalling record for violence and public order offences – and he was currently serving a prison sentence for affray.
He had been on a suspended sentence at the time of the club attack.
Elizabeth Bell, prosecuting, said that on September 4 last year the victim went with friends to Liquid Nightclub in Wrexham.
A fight developed between two groups and Mr O’Sullivan remembered being knocked to the floor.
As he tried to get up, the defendant put his arm around his neck and bit his ear.
“He felt part of his ear rip off,” she said.
A doorman witnessed the incident and described how Harper clamped his ear with his mouth and held him down on the floor.
The segment of ear was taken to hospital with the victim but it could not be reattached.
He received eight stitches to the wound and also received a series of injections to prevent infection.
Phillip Tully, defending, said it was not premeditated but his client stupidly got involved when a fight broke out between two groups.
It was, he said, a totally unacceptable, frightening and painful incident.
“He did not go out that night seeking violence,” said Mr Tully. “It was something that happened in a club and he is very remorseful. He is ashamed of his conduct and disgusted that he could have done that to someone else.”
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