Attcker bit a man’s ear off

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A man whose New Year’s night out ended with part of his ear being bitten off is to get £1,000 compensation from his attacker.

Jason Woodhead, 43, had been celebrating with his wife and friends, but during an early hours disturbance outside Ovenden rugby club he was grabbed by Lee Farrell.

Prosecutor Duncan Ritchie told Bradford Crown Court last week that Farrell, 41, bit into Mr Woodhead’s right ear “for several seconds”.

Mr Woodhead, who now has part of his ear missing, was in a lot of pain and had to have injections at hospital to prevent infections.

Farrell, of Canterbury Crescent, Halifax, claimed the bite had been unintentional.

He was originally charged with an offence of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, but later pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of unlawful wounding.

The court heard Farrell had convictions for violence dating back to the 1980s but he had not been in similar trouble for about 18 years.

Judge Peter Benson said it appeared that the incident started after Farrell’s son was abusive to Mr Woodhead’s wife and Mr Woodhead intervened.

“During the struggle you bit Mr Woodhead’s ear with such force that a part of it was detached,” the judge told Farrell.

He imposed a 12-month community order on Farrell, but he warned if he failed to comply he faced at least 12 months in prison. Farrell, who is in work, will have to do 240 hours’ unpaid work for the community and attend courses as directed by the probation service. He must also pay Mr Woodhead £1,000 compensation at the rate of £60 a month.