Man’s ear partly bitten off after huge fight starts

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A MAN’S earlobe was partially bitten off after a huge fight spilled into a street outside a house party, a court heard.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Aaron Stephenson was at a party in Hudson Road, Southsea, last year when a fight broke out inside.

The 22-year-old was inside the house when a fracas involving 20 people started and ended up out in the street.

The court heard Stephenson was seen fighting another man outside and the victim got in between them.

Judge Sarah Munro QC said: ‘The complainant Bradley Hume had been at a party.

‘A massive fight broke out inside the house.

‘Later it spilled out into the street and involved up to 20 people.

‘Mr Hume said he saw the defendant fighting with his friend.’

Judge Munro said Mr Hume then got between Stephenson and Mr Hume’s friend when Stephenson bit the victim’s ear, ripping the lobe partly from his ear.

Stephenson, 22, of Redbridge Grove, Havant, admitted one count of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The court heard neither the victim or Stephenson knew why the fight started inside the house.

Judge Munro indicated the starting point for sentencing would be 18 months.

She added: ‘You’ve had the good sense to plead guilty.’

And Judge Munro indicated she would suspend any sentence handed down.

Louise Howard, defending, said the basis of Stephenson’s plea was excessive self-defence.

She said: ‘This young man is 22 years old and has no previous convictions.

‘He’s suffering from serious anxiety.

‘Mr Hume wasn’t very interested in pressing charges.’

She added Stephenson was not drunk at the time of the incident.

It happened in the early hours of March 23 after the party on March 22 last year.

Stephenson will be sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court on Thursday, January 29.