Man fined for biting off part of victim’s ear in Halifax pub toilets

Bradford Crown Court
Bradford Crown Court

A drunken pub-goer who bit off part of a man’s ear has been ordered to pay his victim £750 compensation.

Christopher Warne had to undergo reconstructive surgery to re-attach his left ear-lobe after 53-year-old Paul Godfrey bit it off during a fight in the toilet area of the Duke of Wellington pub on Commercial Street, Halifax, more than a year ago.

Following his arrest over the incident in May last year Godfrey, of Mill Lane, Halifax, admitted getting into a fight after having a lot to drink, but said he couldn’t remember biting the complainant’s ear.

Bradford Crown Court heard today (Friday) that Mr Warne’s surgery had been successful and he had made a full recovery from his injury.

Godfrey admitted a charge of unlawful wounding and was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for two years.

Judge Jonathan Rose said Godfrey would also have to do 200 hours unpaid work and pay £750 in compensation to Mr Warne.

“There are few injuries with so much potential harm as a bite because a bite carries not only the wound that is caused, but all of the bacteria that exists in your mouth,” the judge told Godfrey.

“It’s a disgusting piece of violence.”

The judge warned Godfrey that if he missed a single hour of the unpaid work he would be brought back to court and he would be sent to prison.