Man jailed for biting barman - Bishops Stortford

23/09/2014

A Polish man who had been drinking in a Bishops Stortford pub later attacked the barman and sunk his teeth into the man's cheek.

Adam Barzdo was said to be in a bad mood after hearing earlier in the evening that his girlfriend back in Poland would not be coming the England to spend some time with him. And in the Black Lion Pub, Barzdo, who had been drinking and refused any more, took out his frustration on barman Josh Dowton. He bit hard into Mr Dowton's cheek and wouldn't let go.

At St Albans Crown Court on Tuesday, 23 September 2014, Barzdo, aged 30 of London Road, Bishops Stortford pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding.

Davina Mootien prosecuting said it was shortly after midnight on 01 June this year when Barzdo, who works for Fed Ex at Stansted Airport, was in the pub and in a drunken state. The court heard Mr Dowton took the view he had consumed enough and when Barzdo came up to the bar he was refused any more and told to leave.

Miss Mootien said in fact Barzdo made his way to the pub's garden and there he was again asked to go by Mr Dowton. What followed next she said was an attack by Barzdo on the pub worker. He pushed Mr Dowton before getting him in a headlock and biting hard on his cheek causing puncture wounds which bled. Despite his injury Mr Dowton, assisted by the manager, was able to get the defendant out of the pub and the police were called. He was later arrested.

The court heard the victim suffered swelling and tenderness to the cheek and was given a vaccination for hepatitis B.

Sarah Steggles, defending, said Barzdo had demonstrated remorse for what he did that night and had pleaded guilty at an early stage.

He was jailed for 12 months.

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