Thug bit bouncer who gave him refuge in city centre bar during confrontation with youths

A bare-chested thug savagely bit a bouncer who had tried to help him when he got into a confrontation with youths.

Drunken Alan Conway became embroiled in a disagreement with trouble-making teenagers in Newcastle city centre on a Friday night, during which he removed his top.

James Hilbert, a doorman at the Black Garter pub, on Clayton Street, came to Conway’s aid by taking him inside the bar.

Despite being highly intoxicated, Conway took advantage of the kindness by going to the bar to order a drink – but Mr Hilbert took it off him due to the state he was in.

Conway became more difficult and was removed from the bar, where he again removed his top and started kicking off.

There were suspicions he had a knife, so door staff took him to the ground, at which point he threatened to knife them.

But as Mr Hibert held him down, he suddenly felt a sharp stinging pain in his arm as Conway sank his teeth into him.

Despite wearing two layers of clothing, the bite broke his skin and Conway was left with blood all over his mouth.

Now the 34-year-old, who was convicted after a trial of assault causing actual bodily harm, has been jailed for two years.

Judge Penny Moreland told him: “You bit him so hard  it penetrated two layers of clothing and the skin on his arm.

“You were seen with blood around your mouth when you finally took your teeth from his arm.

“A human bite is an unpleasant injury, treatment for which will always require treatment against any infection which may have been left.

“It’s always a worrying time for someone who has been bitten.

“This was fighting at night in public while people were out in Newcastle and committed against a door supervisor working to ensure the safety of the public in Newcastle city centre.”

Newcastle Crown Court heard Conway had clashed with the youths on January 25.

Prosecutor Michael Bunch said: “When CCTV was reviewed after his arrest, it showed a stand-off between the defendant and others, during which the defendant removed his top and had become confrontational with others.

“Door staff, perhaps commendably, sought to bring matters to an end by moving him inside.

“However he took advantage of that and ordered himself a drink and that led to Mr Hilbert becoming involved because he was so intoxicated it was inappropriate for him to be consuming further alcohol.”

He was removed but a few minutes later, Mr Hilbert became aware of further difficulties outside.

Mr Bunch said: “He went there with a colleague and saw the defendant without his top on, being involved in a physical involvement with two other males.

“The defendant had clenched fists and was pumping his shoulders and appeared aggressive.

“They approached him to persuade him to leave the area. Information was passed that the defendant had with him a knife and as a result, with his colleague, they took him to the floor.

“They did not find a knife but as they were about to let him get to his feet he said ‘When you let go I will knife you’.

“Fearing for his own safety he decided to keep the defendant on the floor.

“As he lowered him, he felt a sharp stinging pain to his left arm, which he initially thought was from a weapon.

“He tried to pull his arm away but was unable to do so, something was pulling it back.

“As he pulled hard and released it, he was told by a colleague the defendant had blood on his mouth.”

The victim was left with a bite mark, with broken skin and bruising, which was very painful.

Conway, of Betram Crescent, Benwell, Newcastle, who has 76 previous conviction, was convicted of causing actual bodily harm in his absence after a trial at magistrates’ court.

Penny Hall, defending, said his defence would have been self-defence had he attended the trial.

The court heard as well as consuming alcohol, Conway had consumed spice earlier that day and had taken his Subutex prescription.

Miss Hall said: “He can’t remember much about the incident because of his intoxicated state.”

“A group of youths were chasing him and one of the youths ran over the kicked him in the back.”

Source – Chronicle Live

 

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