A YOUNG man who is part of a Christian Fellowship was jailed for biting the nose of another man almost severing it off his face back in 2012.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin imposed a sentence of three years with the last two years suspended in the case against Anthony Breen, aged 26, of 3 Brook Lodge Drive, Glanmire, County Cork, at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
Breen was arrested in England on a European arrest warrant, Garda Danielle Hegarty said.
“This is an extremely nasty case where he bit the nose not quite off the face but causing significant damage in a very deliberate way. He knew this man and sought him out for this violence.
“The injured party has significant ongoing problems because of the scale of the injuries. You could understand how they would be problematic. The victim is badly affected,” the judge said.
Defence barrister, Brendan Kelly, said the defendant had become a valued member of a Christian Fellowship known as Victory Outreach in Manchester and there was a character reference from this organisation for the court.
Mr Kelly BL said the defendant had not come to the attention of gardaí since this crime was committed in 2012.
The judge said Breen apparently made significant progress since going to England and made a good impression on Victory Outreach in Manchester.
“But it did not cause him to put a few pounds together for the injured party. Maybe that is an aspect of Christianity that did not get to him in Manchester,” the judge said.
The victim has had plastic surgery on his nose but is left with scarring that causes him embarrassment and discomfort. The injured party presented a victim impact statement to the court.
The judge said that from reading the victim impact statement it was clear that the victim had suffered significantly as a result of the assault in August 2012 at Riverstown in Glanmire Garda Hegarty said there has been some exchange of words prior to the assault but that the two parties had shaken hands after this.
However, Breen returned and bit onto the victim’s face causing severe damage to his nose. The judge said it was at the most serious end of cases of assault causing harm.