A clubber sunk his teeth into the face of a bouncer who was trying to eject him from the premises due to his “aggressive” behaviour, a court has heard.
The defendant, who represented himself in court, said he was “deeply remorseful” for what he had done.
Swansea Crown Court heard Best was part of a group of people in Glam nightclub in Cardiff on October 28 last year.
Sian Cutter, prosecuting, said there was “disturbance” in the club involving a number of customers and 30-year-old Best was identified by security staff as being “particularly aggressive” during the altercation. As a result the decision was taken to remove the Londoner from the premises.
The court heard that while Best was being escorted outside he headbutted a member of door staff causing both men to fall to the floor. During the ensuing tussle Best then bit the man on the cheek with the bite estimated to last around five seconds.
The bouncer was taken to hospital and the wound on his cheek was cleaned but no stitches were applied.
In his subsequent police interview Best said he had been trying to stop an altercation in the club when he was pushed by a member of staff and then acted in self-defence. He said he could not remember biting anyone.
In an impact statement from the victim the bouncer said he had reduced the number of hours he worked on the doors because of the anxiety and stress caused by the assault. He also said he had been extremely worried about the possibility of an infection from the bite though fortunately no such infection had developed.
Best, of North Countess Road, Walthamstow, London, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH). The self-employed electrician has no previous convictions.
Polly Smith, from the Probation Service, said Best had been on a night out celebrating a friend’s birthday when the incident occurred.
She said he had estimated his level of drunkenness to her as “nine out of 10” and it seemed his behaviour had been “prompted by his level of intoxication”. She added: “He tells me that earlier that day his dog had been killed crossing the road so he was not in a good place emotionally.”
Miss Smith also told the court Best spent a lot of his time in the gym where he acted as a mentor to two young men who were at risk of getting into trouble.
Best, who told the court it had been “partly” his choice not to have a barrister, said he was sorry for what he had done. Speaking from the dock he said: “I am deeply remorseful. Hopefully I can put this behind me and move on and have better judgement in the future.”
Judge Keith Thomas described the events in the club as a “thoroughly unpleasant incident” and said if Best had not started the violence he had certainly been “one of the main protagonists”.
He said the injury caused to the member of staff was more severe than that usually seen within the context of ABH offence and the defendant could have been charged with the more serious offence of wounding.
The judge said a term of imprisonment was appropriate but given Best’s lack of previous convictions, and the fact he has a young child and a job, he could properly suspend the term.
Giving him a one-third discount for his guilty plea he sentenced the defendant to 10 months in prison suspended for 18 months and ordered him to complete 180 hours of unpaid work and to pay £500 compensation to his victim.
Source – Wales Online