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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Man cheered after biting off part of victim's face, Carlisle court told

A man has been found guilty of biting off a chunk of another man’s face at a party.

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

Dale Thompson, 37, of Causeway Road, Seaton, cheered after the attack, “as if he had just won a darts match”.

He was convicted of attacking and wounding Simon Mattinson.

Mr Mattinson gave evidence at Carlisle Crown Court with a visible scar above his right eye, the result of the assault.

He required stitches and a course of hepatitis B injections and was forced to see a specialist plastic surgeon in Newcastle.

Mr Mattinson told the jury that he was unable to drive for seven weeks after the attack and still has peripheral vision problems.

The court heard that the incident happened at an Arlecdon Rugby Club party on July 6 last year.

Tensions arose between the pair after Mr Mattinson had told Thompson’s son to get off a bouncy castle because he was worried younger children would get hurt.

Mr Mattinson admitted that he had been drinking, having consumed three cans of cider and a can of beer.

Up this point he described the day as “fantastic”, with people playing rugby and dancing.

But later in the evening Mr Mattinson was knocked out by a third man while urinating, before Thompson attacked him.

Mr Mattinson told the jury: “He had hold of me. I grabbed his arms, and felt pain from my right eye.

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

“I knew he was not going to let go with his teeth and we fell over.

“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.”

As well as being found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm, Thompson was convicted of intimidating Mr Mattinson before the trial.

Prosecuting barrister Kim Whittlestone told the court that on May 19. Mr Mattinson was driving his catering van to premises in Distington.

The jury were shown video footage taken from a mobile phone inside Thompson’s car. The video showed Mr Mattinson’s van driving past and Thompson shouting.

The jury found Thompson guilty on both counts in unanimous verdicts.

His sentencing was adjourned to a later date.

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