Bouncer who bit man's ear to be sentenced later

A bouncer who bit part of a man's ear off because he was depressed about being told he may have CJD - a form of "mad cow disease" - will be sentenced later at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Ken Broe (aged 36), of North Frederick Street, Dublin 1 beat Mr Karl Philips to the ground outside Heaven Nightclub in Blanchardstown on October 23, 2007, before biting his ear lobe off and fleeing.

He later told gardaí he was depressed at the time because he was told he had been given contaminated blood containing the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, the human form of "mad cow disease".

Garda Barry Manton said Broe's eight previous convictions included assault, public-order offences and criminal damage and he was currently in custody in connection with a separate alleged assault.

Broe pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Mr Philips.

Defence counsel, Mr Damien Colgan BL, said Broe was in position to offer compensation to the victim because he had part-ownership of a gym but could not raise the money if he was in custody.

Judge Katherine Delahunt granted him bail to get the money together and adjourned sentencing until December when Mr Colgan will present Broe's mitigation.

Garda Manton told prosecuting counsel, Mr Remy Farrell BL, that Mr Philips arrived at the nightclub on October 23, 2007 but was refused entry by a South-African doorman.

He repeatedly asked why he wasn't allowed in and said to Broe, who was also working as a bouncer there: "I'm a Dub and you're a Dub, what's the story?"

He asked why Broe was "taking orders from foreigners" and said the bouncers "should be shot with balls of their own s***e".

Mr Philips and Broe got into a verbal argument during which he said to Broe: "You'd love to kick the bollox out of me but you can't because of the cameras."

Garda Manton said that, at this point, Broe walked around the corner and signalled for Mr Philips to follow him. They began a fist fight and Mr Philips was punched to the ground where Broe continued to hit him before leaning over his head and biting his earlobe off.

The victim said he felt pressure on the side of his head and heard a "crunching sound" followed by severe pain. Broe fled and gardaí arrived shortly after.

Gardaí picked him up near the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre and he admitted the assualt during interview. He said he was depressed because of the blood tests and that he didn't remember biting Mr Philips' ear off.

He told gardai: "Again I'm really sorry. I hope the CCTV clears up the ear thing, the camera don't lie."

A victim impact report indicated that Mr Philips suffered minimal psychological damage from the assault. He had reconstructive surgery on his ear but the lobe is still missing.

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