Man tried to bite other man’s ear off in row over rent money

September 4, 2018

A man tried to bite the ear off his housemate after claiming he had spent the rent money.

Mark Patton appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal charged with a vicious assault on former house-mate Peter Maughan.

The pair had been drinking at their home at Gort na Greine in Letterkenny on February 10th last when a row broke out.

Patton accused Maughan of stealing €40 in rent money but Maughan said the money had been collected by the landlord.

The accused man attacked Maughan but he managed to flee outside.

However, Patton pursued him and bit his ear and then kicked him in the head and body after he had fallen to the ground.

Maughan needed stitching to his ear as a result of the ear bite by Patton.

The court heard how Patton, who works in construction, had since signed himself in for therapy for alcohol addiction.

Solicitor for the accused, Mr Frank Dorrian, said his client was deeply apologetic and that at the time he was in the depts of his addiction.

The court heard that he has previous convictions for drugs offences, criminal damage, assault and traffic.

A letter of apology was handed into court on Patton’s behalf.

Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until December 10th and ordered a probation report on the accused.