A MAN who savagely attacked a 66-year-old Albury grandfather by punching him before biting him on the neck and ear was yesterday given a 12-month suspended jail sentence.
The bite by Melbourne man Stuart Robertson to the victim’s ear lobe severed a piece about five centimetres long by one centimetre wide, causing excruciating pain and significant blood loss.
Medical staff were not able to reattach the section of ear and the victim was left with permanent disfigurement.
Robertson, 30, of McKinnon, appeared for sentencing in Albury Local Court yesterday after previously pleading guilty to a charge of recklessly causing grievous bodily harm.
Magistrate Megan Greenwood had adjourned the matter for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.
Ms Greenwood imposed the suspended sentence with a condition that Robertson must obey directions about counselling, drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
Robertson had been visiting from Melbourne when he went to a house in David Street about 8pm on October 27 last year.
The victim arrived home and had a short, general conversation before asking Robertson: “Would you like to have kids one day?”
Robertson became enraged and punched the victim to the face, causing immediate bleeding and pain.
The victim lost his balance, fell to the floor and Robertson began to kick him to the head, chest, back and legs.
The victim was bleeding heavily from the face when Robertson then crouched over him, inflicting a bite to the right side of his neck.
He put his mouth to the victim’s ear lobe and bit into it.
The victim was left groaning on the floor when Robertson walked into a hall but he then again returned to inflict another five or six kicks.
When police arrived, the victim was barely conscious, covered in blood and moaning in pain.
The severed piece of the victim’s ear was photographed by police and ambulance officers took it to the hospital.
The victim had surgery on October 30 and his wounds healed well although he lost the middle third of his ear.