Drunk labourer jailed for scarring man with nose bite

A LABOURER who left a pub customer with horrific injuries by biting his nose has been jailed for 12 months.

Ben Bliss carried out the attack after making fun of Mark English, who was waiting with his girlfriend for a taxi outside the Riverside Inn in Sutton Bridge.

At Lincoln Crown Court on Thursday, Phil Howes, prosecuting, said Bliss, who had drunk 14 pints of beer, threatened to bite off Mr English’s nose before lunging forward and sinking his teeth in.

Mr Howes said: “Initially the victim did not feel any pain.

“The defendant was wanting to continue the confrontation but Mr English was pulled into the taxi by his girlfriend.

“He was bleeding from the nose and there was blood all over his shirt. He later patched himself up but it was only the following morning that he realised the extent of his injuries.”

Mr English (22) was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, where he had 21 stitches to the wound.

He was later referred to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital where he underwent reconstructive surgery on his nose.

He has been left scarred and still suffers pain and discomfort arising out of the injury.

Bliss (23), of New Street, Sutton Bridge, admitted unlawful wounding on 11 June this year.

Judge Michael Heath told him: “You caused a nasty and painful injury.

“I am not persuaded that this offence should be dealt with in any other way than immediate custody.”

Stephen Mather, defending, said Bliss was so drunk he could not remember what happened.

He said: “Drink is the root cause of his offending. Alcohol makes him aggressive.”