Clubber bit man’s face like an animal, leaving him with permanent scar
A clubber who sank his teeth into another man’s face, scarring him for life, took off his blood-soaked shirt and carried on with his night out, a court heard.
John Stephenson, 42, later sent a string of text messages repeatedly using the term “lol” – laugh out loud – when discussing the assault at Club Bongo International in Middlesbrough.
He bit the man’s cheek at the nightspot on Bridge Street West and has been jailed for six years, reports the Teesside Gazette.
Stephenson was unanimously convicted of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm at Teesside Crown Court.
He admitted biting the victim’s left cheek, but claimed he acted in self defence.
Jurors cleared him of slashing the man’s face during the same fracas, in the early hours of October 27 last year.
Prosecutor Richard Herrmann previously told the court Stephenson was pushed by the other man and bit him as revenge, to save face and restore his pride.
Stephenson told jurors: “I got hold of him, put my arms around him. I just bit him. I don’t know how hard. I was frightened for my life. I was defending myself. I was fighting for my life.”
Trouble erupted after a argument in a smoking area referred to as the “cage” in the Bongo club.
Stephenson, who had drunk 13 to 20 bottles of lager after a family wedding that day, claimed the victim hit him over the head with a bottle.
He said he woke up on the floor on his hands and knees, jumped up and bit the other man.
He denied slashing the victim’s face “from top to bottom”, telling the court: “It must have been somebody else. It wasn’t me.”
He was not seen with a weapon.
The jury acquitted him of wounding with intent and unlawful wounding over the slashing allegation.
Stephenson, 42, of Crowland Avenue, Netherfields, Middlesbrough, was taken from his bed by police five days after the incident and denied all of the charges.
Robert Mochrie, defending, described the bite as “animalistic” but said Stephenson was trying to protect himself from a perceived threat.
Club Bongo International’s licence was temporarily suspended by Middlesbrough Council last November following the attack.
It was reinstated the same month but with a number of conditions.
Coiled from: Mirror UK
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