Ear-chew boxer is locked up

Samson Aluko
Samson Aluko

A TALENTED boxer who chewed a man’s ear has been jailed for 27 months.

Samson Aluko sat with head bowed in the dock as a judge said a report shows he poses a high risk of serious harm to the public.

The Tyldesley 22-year-old attacked totally innocent David Holmes after he had repeatedly refused his invitation to come outside and fight. Jailing Aluko, who has previous convictions for violence, Judge Nigel Gilmour read an impact statement from the victim.

“He chose to assault me, nothing was going to change his mind. The fact he bit me I cannot really put into words. It is just savage. He was trying to cause as much damage as possible. I will have a constant reminder of the attack. This male is a danger to the community and the only place for him is prison.”

Aluko, of Lever Street, admitted unlawful wounding. Henry Riding, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that last October Mr Holmes was drinking with friends at the George and Dragon in Tyldesley.

They heard Aluko “shouting and screaming” at a woman. Aluko then started shouting at Mr Holmes and asking several times if he wanted to go outside for a fight. But Mr Holmes kept refusing and when he thought Aluko had gone he walked away but then felt a punch to the back of his head.

He turned to throw several punches in self-defence but the defendant bit his ear causing a 3cm injury which required hospital treatment and has left a faint scar. Mr Riding said Aluko was pulled away by friends and then smashed a pub window with his fist as he left.

When interviewed, Aluko said he was extremely angry. He had been screaming at the woman who had been arguing with the woman he was with.

He admitted biting Mr Holmes after he “lost it”. He admitted first taking out his false teeth and removing his rosary beads which he always does when he intends to fight.

Paul Treble, defending, said Aluko “is embarrassed that he has been involved in an incident where he seed his mouth because it is a cowardly act.

“Mercifully the injury was not as serious as it could have been.

“He has been trying to make a career in boxing and set up in a single household. He has lost all of that.”