Man sentenced over ear biting

A man on anti-depression medication, who went for a walk after a couple of cans of beer, ended up calling to another man’s house, got into an altercation and bit both of the victim’s ears.

Details were outlined by Garda Daniel O’Donovan at Cork District Court yesterday in a case against Robert Cambridge of Clashduv Terrace, Glasheen, Cork.

Cambridge, aged 35, pleaded guilty to two charges of assault, causing harm to James O’Flynn.

The injured party called gardaí to Maglin Grove in Togher to report he had been assaulted in the early hours of November 11, 2013.

After gardaí had left the scene, Cambridge returned some hours later at 8.30am and head-butted the injured party into the face, causing his nose to bleed.

Diane Hallahan, solicitor, said Cambridge had a particularly tragic family background and the injured party had been in a relationship with Cambridge’s mother, who is now deceased.

She said the defendant had no intention of calling to the house that night but wanted to pick up some things his mother had left to him. There was an altercation, during which Cambridge was also injured, she said.

However, Ms Hallahan said Cambridge was pleading guilty to the charges of assault causing harm to Mr O’Flynn and a charge of assaulting Mr O’Flynn’s son, Clifford.

Judge Olann Kelleher imposed a total, suspended,sentence of eight months imprisonment.


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