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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Man bit away chunk of flesh from partygoer's face, Carlisle court told

A man has appeared in court accused of biting and tearing off part of another man’s right eyebrow.

Dale Thompson, 37, of Causeway Road, Seaton, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court accused of viciously attacking and biting Simon Mattinson at a party.

The alleged incident happened at an Arlecdon Rugby Club party on July 6 last year.

The jury heard that following a dispute the pair grabbed each other and Thompson sank his teeth into Mr Mattinson’s face, tearing away a chunk of flesh.

He required stitches and was seen by a specialist plastic surgeon in Newcastle, as well as being required to undergo a course of hepatitis B injections. He was unable to drive for seven weeks, and told the court he still has peripheral vision problems.

Mr Mattinson said that the tension between the pair began to rise after he had told Thompson’s son to get off a bouncy castle to avoid hurting younger children.

Later that evening, the court heard, he was knocked out by a third man while urinating. Mr Mattinson was able to fight off this attacker, but said that at this point he was attacked by Thompson.

He said: “He had hold of me and I had grabbed his arms, and had pain from my right eye.

“Then I realised that he was biting me. We were standing up but the pain didn’t go away.

“I felt my face getting ripped and when he got off there was a really big cheer, as if he had just won a darts match. It just seemed that he wanted to bite me.”

Prosecuting barrister Kim Whittlestone told the court that after the incident Thompson was arrested and was heard by police to say “I bit him because he hit my mate.”

Thompson denied this, arguing he had used the word “hit” rather than “bit”.

As well as denying a charge of wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, Thompson is also on trial accused of witness intimidating.

Miss Whittlestone told the court that on May 19 Mr Mattinson was driving his catering van to Distington, where he intended to leave it overnight.

During this drive, it is alleged, Thompson drove alongside the van and shouted at him.

The trial continues.

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