Man on trial for biting off part of his cousin’s ear

A man went on trial yesterday for allegedly biting part of his first cousin’s ear off and spitting it into his face.

Man on trial for biting off part of his cousin’s ear

Patrick Quilligan, aged 26, with an address at 12 Pine Court, Ashleigh Downs, Tralee, Co Kerry, pleaded not guilty at Cork Circuit Court yesterday on a charge of assault causing harm to a namesake, Patrick Quilligan, a middle-aged man, at Commons Road, Cork, on December 3, 2008.

Because the defendant and complainant have the same name they were differentiated in the trial by their nicknames. The accused is known as Patrick Able Quilligan. The complainant is called Patrick Pedlar Quilligan.

Pedlar told gardaí in his statement: “He took a bite out of my ear, chewed it up and spat it back at me.”

Giving a broad outline of the anticipated evidence to the jury, Ray Boland, prosecuting, told the trial before Judge Donagh McDonagh: “It is alleged the accused bit off portion of the injured party’s ear. It occurred in a car parked outside the McDonald’s Drive Thru on Mallow Road by the Blackpool Shopping Centre.

“Patrick Pedlar Quilligan will say he was in the back of the car. Patrick Able Quilligan got out of a van and he then got into the back of the car with his brother, Francie.”

It was alleged Able caught Pedlar and bit part of his right ear off and spat it at him. Pedlar said there was a disagreement between the families going back a couple of years to when a child smashed windows in another family’s caravan.

Desmond Hayes, defending, said, “You have been in touch with the defendant’s father for €20,000 for this matter not to go to court.”

Pedlar replied, “No, I have been approached and offered €10,000. I said no and reported that to the guards.”

Mr Hayes said, “You knew the defendant and his father were in good financial circumstances.”

Pedlar replied, “I know the father all his life. He never had money, like myself.” He said the man who offered the €10,000 spoke to his wife and had a Dublin accent.

Mr Hayes said the defendant did not cause the injury and Pedlar had concocted the complaint because he knew the defendant and his father were a soft touch.

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