Monday 21 October 2019

Bar manager had ear lobe bitten off in fight, court told

Jim Clarke, left, who had part of his left ear lobe bitten off outside Phibsborough House, Dublin on June 6, 2006. Right, Jonathan
Martin who made admissions through his counsel that he assaulted MrClarke.
Jim Clarke, left, who had part of his left ear lobe bitten off outside Phibsborough House, Dublin on June 6, 2006. Right, Jonathan Martin who made admissions through his counsel that he assaulted MrClarke.

Aoife Nic Ardghail

A man has gone on trial accused of biting off a bar manager's ear lobe.

Jonathan Martin (23) of Barton Road East, Dundrum, admitted through his counsel that he assaulted Mr Jim Clarke, intentionally harming him outside Phibsborough House on June 6, 2006.

Counsel Remy Farrell told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the only issue before the jury is whether or not his client acted in self -defence.

Mr Clarke told the court that an employee complained to him about three lads "acting the maggot" at the back of the pub the night of the assault.

He said he noticed one of Mr Martin's companions had taken a Budweiser bottle outside with him and turned to inquire about what he intended to do with it, when he was hit by the accused.

He said the fight diffused into verbal attacks for a while until Mr Martin "raised his hand" at him and the two fell onto the ground again.

Mr Clarke said the accused rolled on top of him and "bit straight in" to his left ear.

Mr Farrell put it to Mr Clarke that he gathered a few "cronies" before the altercation to sort the accused out.

"It was clear to me he was stronger. In an effort to get away from him, I bit his ear," said Mr Martin.

The trial continues before Judge Frank O' Donnell.

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