Ear-chomping thug gets five years behind bars

Nathan Hughes
Nathan Hughes

A WIGAN man who viciously bit a chunk off a landlord’s right ear while being ejected from a pub has been jailed for nine years.

A judge told Nathan Hughes that he had carried out the “savage attack” having been asked to leave the premises for taking drugs and after biting his ear he sneered and spat the piece out onto the ground.

Hughes, 25, admitted biting claimed he had not intended to cause serious harm to licensee Martin Edwards but was convicted after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The court heard that Hughes, whose partner is pregnant with his second child, was asked to leave the Fox and Goose in Wigan Lane in the early hours of March 16 when Mr Edwards found him and another man in the beer garden apparently with cocaine.

Hughes became aggressive and Mr Edwards fetched the doorman. The other man left but Hughes “was in my face effing and blinding and said, ‘do you know who my dad is?’ and I’Il get my family round’, said Mr Edwards.

Doorman Bill Helsby began escorting Hughes off the premises who then turned on Mr Edwards.

“He put his arms around my neck and bit my ear. I pushed him off and put my hand to my ear and blood was pouring down the side of my head. He was sneering and spat it out on the floor. He smiled as if to say ‘look at what I have done.”

Medical attempts to re-attach the severed ear were in vain. He now faces possible plastic surgery.

Hughes, of Warrington Road, Wigan, told the jury: “I snapped. I really didn’t mean to bite it off. I bit it to get him off me.”

The court heard he has 24 previous convictions including some for domestic violence and was in breach of a sentence imposed for assault.

Tom Watson, defending, said that Hughes, who told the jury that he was sorry and disgusted at what he had done, accepts the offence had caused psychological as well as physical harm.

“He behaved outrageously but wants to be a responsible father. He is a working man with qualifications who should be able to get a job but first he must serve a custodial sentence.”