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Cashier bitten by student (20) in grocery row

THIS is the man who sunk his teeth into a shop assistant's shoulder after an argument about payment for groceries.

Prince Phuthi (20) was sentenced to 10 months in detention after a judge described the injury as "horrible".

A court heard the victim followed Phuthi out of a grocery shop after a row about payment. Phuthi bit the victim during the course of the struggle.

Judge John Coughlan said the assault was very serious, and left a permanent emotional scar on the victim.

A garda witness said the victim was trying for a baby with his partner at the time of the assault, and had to be tested to ensure he had not contracted any diseases.

Phuthi, with addresses at Pinebrook Glen, Hartstown and Allendale Drive in Clonee, admitted before Swords District Court to a charge of serious assault.

The incident took place at The Green, Malahide shortly after 10pm on June 16 last year.

The court heard Phuthi left the shop, but was followed by the victim, a man in his 30s, who wanted to speak to him.

There was a struggle between the two men, and Phuthi bit the victim below the right shoulder, breaking the skin.


Garda Colin Moran said the assault had a huge effect on the victim, who was very upset.

He also said Phuthi did not co-operate with gardai and refused to give them a jaw swab. The court heard he had no previous convictions.

Defence lawyer said Phuthi was under considerable stress at the time of the incident, as he had just discovered his mother had cervical cancer.

The lawyer said Phuthi, a student at the time of the offence, was currently unemployed but hoped to train as an engineer.