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Nightclub attack victim had piece bitten from his ear

By This is Devon  |  Posted: August 10, 2010

A MAN accused of biting off part of another man's ear outside a Newton Abbot nightclub is standing trial at Exeter Crown Court.

Victim Mike Hollands told the court Patrick Burns bit part of his ear off and stuck him thumb into his eye socket during a scuffle outside the Enigma nightclub in the early hours of August 25, 2008.

He told the court: "We were fighting for a little while and he got alongside me and bit out a piece of my ear.

"I was in quite a lot of shock and even though I thought it was over, he still managed to get on top of me and he had his thumb in my eye, trying to push my eye out."

He was giving evidence at the trial of Burns, aged 25, from Longfield Road, Starcross, who denies causing grievous bodily harm.

Mr Hollands told the court that he had been attacked after he had intervened to stop an attack on a woman.

He said: "I saw someone punch a girl to the ground and I ran over and said 'What do you think you're doing?'"

"He ran over to me and started having a little fight. We had a bit of a boxing match and I'm going to guess it was him, Patrick Burns."

Hollands showed the jury the injury caused to his left ear.

He told the court that he had received medical treatment soon after the incident.

Mr Hollands said of his injury: "I am aware that it makes me look like a bit of a thug."

Prosecutor Terry Holder told the court that the incident happened after a Sunday night out at the Enigma club.

Burns was later picked out of a video identity parade by Mr Hollands and another witness.

The trial continues.

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