A MAN has told how his life has been ruined by a ‘barbaric’ thug who bit off his ear.
Steven Smith is scarred for life, suffers flashbacks and is afraid to go out alone eight months after his ordeal at the hands of Billy Forrester.
Forrester set upon the 37-year-old, biting off part of his left ear and spitting it onto the ground in Clarence Parade, Southsea.
Mr Smith welcomed Forrester being sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail for the savage attack – but says he should have got longer.
He said: ‘He’s a complete animal.
‘I don’t think the sentence is long enough.
‘If it had been about an inch-and-a-half lower it would have been my jugular vein and I wouldn’t be here today.’
Mr Smith was with his brother Robert on Clarence Parade, Southsea, when a gang walked past and started hurling abuse.
One of the group threw a stone which hit him on the back of the head.
When Mr Smith walked over and asked who was responsible, the gang squared up to him.
Three of the gang, including Forrester, started behaving aggressively.
Forrester then lunged forward and punched Mr Smith several times in the face before biting off part of his left ear and spitting it on the ground at 5pm on April 8.
Medics sewed the piece of ear back on. But it turned gangrenous and had to be removed, leaving Mr Smith permanently disfigured.
Mr Smith, from Portsmouth, said: ‘I still can’t stand going out unless I have a member of my family with me.
‘I have nightmares every single night. I can only sleep for about three or four hours and I keep waking up.
‘I get panicky. It’s been a total nightmare – I don’t even like looking in the mirror.
‘I feel sickened about what he’s done.’
Forrester, 21, of Tintern Close, Paulsgrove, Portsmouth – who has 17 previous convictions for 24 offences – admitted grievous bodily harm with intent when he appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court.
In sentencing Judge Sarah Munro QC said: ‘Mr Smith is left with a permanent scar and permanent pain and of course the disfigurement from what you did.
‘He described the pain you have caused as “like no pain I have ever felt before” and it’s unimaginable how great that pain must have been.
‘He is still in pain and he is still in fear because of what you did.’
Detective Constable David Anderson said: ‘Forrester’s actions were barbaric.
‘The thought that somebody would have the nerve to bite somebody and actually bite their ear off is disgraceful and the act of an animal.’