Man jailed for biting tip of nose off - Luton

22/01/2016

A drunk on a night out in Luton, who was asked politely to 'tone things down,' reacted by biting the tip of the man's nose off, a court has heard.

Gareth Thomas, aged 23, was jailed for five years at Luton Crown Court on Friday, 22 January 2016.

Thomas, from Wilsden Avenue, Luton had pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH).

Judge Barbara Mensah told him he had left his victim with life changing injuries as a result of the 'horrible' attack.

Daniel Siong, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the incident occurred in the centre of Luton in the early hours of 07 March last year outside a burger restaurant. The victim had asked Thomas politely to calm down, but Thomas turned on him and bit his nose, taking the tip off. "It was an impulsive, but wholly repugnant action, using his teeth as a weapon," said Mr Siong.

Lucie Wibberley, defending Thomas said: "He is very very remorseful. He says if he could he would take it back one hundred times. He has no recollection whatsoever of the incident because he was so drunk. He did not realise he was capable of doing anything like this." She said he had tackled issues he had with alcohol and wanted to focus on his work and staying away from the drink culture.

But Judge Mensah said the victim had suffered psychologically as well as physically and may have plastic surgery in the future. He has been depressed, rarely goes out and has lost his self-confidence. In addition to the custodial sentence, she told Thomas that on his release from prison, he must pay the victim £500 compensation.

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