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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Man bit chunk out of schoolboy's nose, Carlisle court told

A court has heard how a 30-year-old man bit a chunk of flesh out of a teenage boy’s nose.

Jason Clay had earlier pleaded guilty to attacking the schoolboy, who has been left permanently scarred.

Prosecutor Pat Buckley told Carlisle Crown Court how the defendant had been at a house in Carlisle on September 21 last year, drinking and socialising with people he knew.

For no apparent reason, he had run into the room where the boy was, pushed him on to a sofa, sat on him, and then held him by the throat.

“He then bit his nose,” said Mr Buckley. “There was a piece of flesh missing.”

The defendant fled the scene but then later rang the police from a Carlisle pub, telling officers what he had done and where he was.

“He wanted the police to come and arrest him,” said the prosecutor. “He said he was sorry for what he had done.”

The defendant told police he had been upset for some reason by the teenager.

In his victim impact statement, the boy – who cannot be identified for legal reasons – spoke of being upset and angry after being attacked.

The nature of his injury had left him feeling self-conscious, and always “looking over his shoulder”.

Since the attack, the boy had felt “extremely nervous” about strangers and feared being assaulted again, said Mr Buckley.

Clay, whose address in court was given as King Street, Brynmawr, Wales, is likely to be sentenced when he is back before the court on January 31.

His defence lawyer Malcolm Dodds told Recorder Michael Hayton QC: “This defendant and I accept that the inevitable result will be immediate custody.

“It’s just a question of how long.”

Clay, who spoke only to confirm his name, has several previous convictions for violence. He entered a guilty plea to a single count of assault causing the boy actual bodily harm at an earlier hearing.

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