Skin graft needed after nose bite assault

Published Tuesday, 29 April 2014
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A 36-year-old man accused of biting the nose of another man in an "unprovoked" attack in south Belfast has pleaded guilty to causing his victim grievous bodily harm.

Skin graft needed after nose bite assault
The victim needed a skin graft after the assault. (© UTV)

Mark O'Callaghan, from Heysmoor Heights in Liverpool, was originally charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to the injured party, who had to have a skin graft to replace a piece of skin from the rim of his left nostril.

The incident occurred at a house in the Baroda Street area of Belfast on 7 May, 2011.

O'Callaghan, who at the time of the offence was working as a barman in a city centre nightclub, denied the charge and the Crown case against him was opened in front of a jury at Belfast Crown Court on Monday.

However, before the trial could enter its second day, O'Callaghan's barrister Charles McCreanor asked that his client be re-arraigned.

When the charge was put to him again, O'Callaghan pleaded not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent but admitted the lesser charge of causing grievous bodily harm.

The plea was accepted by the Crown and the jury was ordered to record a 'guilty by confession to Section 20' verdict.

Judge Corinne Philpott QC ordered the preparation of pre-sentence reports, telling O'Callaghan he will be sentence for the assault on 7 June.

He was released on continuing bail.

© UTV News
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