Park Street man jailed for biting off ear

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A FALLING out between former friends resulted in one biting a chunk off the ear of the other and ending up in jail for three years.

Wayne Gerry, of The Cottages, Park Street, attacked David Parsons in an alleyway in the village and inflicted the terrible injury.

The pair had once been good friends and had worked together at Park Street Tyres.

But a week after the victim had left the company, Gerry attacked him on June 17 last year.

St Albans Crown Court was told Mr Parsons was making his way down the alleyway which ran beside Park Street Tyres.

Gerry, who was at work, spotted him and, with a tyre lever in his hand, jumped over a fence to confront him.

Mr Parsons managed to avoid being struck by the tyre lever but as he grappled with 38-year-old Gerry, he felt a pain to the top of his left ear.

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Peter Shaw, prosecuting, said Gerry had bitten a “lump off”.

In fact, the court was told, Mr Parsons didn’t realise it at the time and it was only later at home that he discovered that part of the ear was gone.

The court was told he would require a lot of surgery to repair the damage.

Gerry pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and Judge John Plumstead, hearing the case, was told he was now full of remorse for what he had done.

But the judge jailed him for three years.