Youth rugby team coach sank teeth into bouncer’s nose during pub attack, jailed for 10 months

A youth team rugby coach sank his teeth into a bouncer’s nose in a drunken attack which left his victim permanently scarred.

Matthew Llewelyn Davies “latched on” to the doorman’s nose after being told off about his behaviour towards a woman in the bar, a court heard.

He left his victim needing four stitches to a wound by his nostrils and with a permanent scar on his face.

Swansea Crown Court heard the assault took place outside the Corner Houser pub in Neath town centre in the early hours of July 28 this year. Glynneath under-sevens coach Davies had spent the preceding day drinking and watching rugby.

Hannah George, prosecuting, said shortly after midnight a member of door staff approached the 31-year-old and spoke to him about his behaviour following a complaint from a woman in the bar.

The court heard Davies initially seemed to accept the words from the bouncer but as the evening wore on began making “gestures” and “faces” at the doorman. He was spoken to again and ejected from the bar.

The court heard as a doorman held him with his arm behind his back Davies turned around and bit the pub worker on the face.

Ms George said a scuffle ensued and the pair went to the floor with Davies maintaining his bit on his victim’s nose.

It took “five or six” punches to Davies’ head to get him to release his bite, which was estimated to have lasted more than 30 seconds.

Davies left the scene but was arrested shortly afterwards in the town centre. In his subsequent interview he told officers he had been watching rugby all day and was very drunk and could not remember why he had bitten the bouncer.

Meanwhile his victim was taken to hospital where he needed four stitches putting in wounds on his nose. The court heard he was given tetanus and hepatitis B jabs and then underwent blood tests to see if he had contracted any contagious diseases.

In a victim impact statement he said it had been the first time he had been attacked in his two years working as door security and had left him unsure whether he wanted to continue.

He said the bite had left a scar on his nose and the waiting for the results of the blood tests – which eventually came back clear – had been a stressful time for him and his family.

Davies, of Plas y Coed, Glynneath , admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The court heard he has five previous convictions for seven offences – four of which are for violence including common assault and a domestic battery.

In 2009 he was sentenced to 20 months for inflicting grievous bodily harm when he threw a pint glass at a person’s head in a pub.

Huw Davies, for the defendant, said his client “unreservedly apologises” for his actions in the pub which had been a “spontaneous reaction” to having his arm twisted as he was ejected from the premises.

He said Davies was a coach for Glynneath under-sevens rugby team and worked full-time for Balfour Beatty in Newport on the electrification of the main south Wales railway line.

The barrister asked the judge to consider suspending any prison sentence to allow the defendant to keep his employment.

Judge Geraint Walters said it was clear resentment had been “festering” in Davies after being told about his behaviour towards a woman in the pub, adding “it takes a certain kind of man” to bite another person.

He told the defendant: “On the facts of this case, and for a man with your record, a suspended sentence is not appropriate here.

“I regret to tell you if you continue to commit offences of violence there is only one way this will go – you will be sentenced to ever-increasing sentences of custody. Judges have a duty to protect the public.”

Davies was jailed for 10 months, of which he will serve half before being released on licence.

Source – Wales Online

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