Man jailed for 6 years for grievous bodily harm - Luton

28/11/2013

A would-be burglar who bit off part of a man's ear when he refused to be a look out, was jailed for six years today, Thursday, 28 November 2013.

Wally Smith, 27, left John Gumm permanently scarred and with a broken cheekbone after an attack in a Bedford alleyway.

Prosecutor Edward Lewis told Luton Crown Court that Smith was in a "drunken rage" when he set upon Mr Gumm and his girlfriend Natalie Murray after they refused to help him. He punched Mr Gumm, pulled Ms Murray by her pony tail and hit her and, when Mr Gunn went to her aid, he put him in a headlock and bit his ear.

The jury heard, the couple met Smith in the Bear pub.  When they were leaving he said they would come with him.

The prosecutor said: "The defendant asked John Gumm: 'Do you want to go on an earner?' John said he was not interested and the defendant chided him for his cowardice."

He walked into an alleyway off Roise Street and asked them to follow saying he had left his bike there. Once in the alley Smith demanded they act as lookouts while he broke into a shop. When Mr Gumm refused, Smith punched him in the face, saying he would kill him.

Ms Murray was screaming and tried to pull Smith off her boyfriend. "Smith grabbed her pony tail and pulled her back. He punched her and caught her on top of the head. Natalie screamed and John ran towards the defendant and pulled him off her, " said Mr Lewis.

The prosecutor said Smith let go of Natalie and grabbed John in a headlock. "He punched him on the left eye and said he wanted to kill him. He bit his ear so hard a chunk was bitten off. He screamed in agony and kicked the defendant off," he said.

The couple ran off to the Bedford Arms pub where an ambulance was called. Smith walked back there and told Mr Gumm he would kill him if he called the police.

The police arrived and both were taken to accident and emergency at Bedford hospital.

Officers went to Alexandra Place in Bedford and found Smith hiding in a cupboard. He had taken off a bloody jumper. He decided not to answer police questions.

Wally Smith of Coniston Close, Kempston denied causing grievous bodily harm and common assault on 14 June this year, but was convicted by the jury. He had previous convictions for burglary and battery.

Jailing him, Judge David Farrell QC said: "You bit off a piece of his ear. You used a weapon, namely your teeth, to cause a serious injury which left your victim permanently scarred."

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