Friday 19 January 2018

Jail for man who bit off part of victim's ear

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

Fiona Ferguson

A man who bit off part of another man's ear in a "reprehensible" attack has been jailed for five years.

Sean Jackson (27), who was highly intoxicated, had no memory of the events of the night in question and his lawyers submitted it was completely out of character.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard the victim was using the outside smoking area of a pub when Jackson bent down and bit part of his ear off. A witness saw part of the ear on the ground and alerted gardaí.

Jackson, of Doon Court, Ballymun, Dublin, was convicted by a jury following a trial earlier this year of assaulting the man, causing him serious harm at Ardlea Inn, Maryfield Avenue, Dublin 5, on August 23, 2014. Jackson has 24 previous convictions.

Judge Martin Nolan noted there had been a very minor row between the victim and Jackson, who had been unhappy with how it went and returned outside.

He said it appeared the victim thought Jackson was going to say something to him but instead bit off a large part of his ear. A witness identified Jackson as having committed the assault. He noted Jackson was drunk and he had been responsible for getting himself into that state.

Judge Nolan said it was a serious assault that had serious consequences for the victim.

He added that it was "reprehensible" to bite part of someone's ear off.

Judge Nolan said he was taking seven years as his starting point for a sentence and noted there was "moderate mitigation" before imposing the five-year sentence.

Defence counsel Colman Fitzgerald SC said it was an "appalling offence" and an act which "would revolt anyone".

Counsel said the offence was completely out of character for Jackson and drink had been a huge factor.

Irish Independent

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