A MAN who bit off his brother’s ear has been jailed for eight years.
Darren Wilkinson attacked Anthony Robert Wilkinson during a family gathering to mark the first anniversary of the death of another brother, Durham Crown Court heard.
In an orgy of violence on Boxing Day last year, Wilkinson assaulted three other members of his family and a family friend.
The court heard tempers flared after Darren Wilkinson’s 17-year-old son Dylan had too much to drink at the gathering in Shotton Comrades Club.
“It was suggested to Darren Wilkinson he should take steps to control further alcohol intake by Dylan,” said Ian West, prosecuting.
“Darren Wilkinson didn’t take kindly to this, and Anthony Robert Wilkinson approached him to ask him to calm down.
“He said words to the effect of ‘why behave like this on this day of all days?’”
The court heard the biting attack on Anthony Wilkinson was over in seconds.
“He lost most of his ear,” added Mr West.
“Only the lobe remains.
“The disfigurement will be permanent and Anthony says he has lost confidence, is nervous when out, and feels the need to always wear a hat.
“He has been told that it will take five or six operations to reconstruct his ear.
“He says his life has changed forever.”
Darren Wilkinson, 41, of Bruce Glazier Terrace, Shotton Colliery, admitted wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, and four charges of common assault.
The court was told he has previous convictions for violence, including some against members of his family.
John Gillette, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Wilkinson is disgusted with himself and wishes to apologise to his family.
“He hopes there may be a reconciliation one day.
“His violent behaviour that day was inexcusable, but it was not pre-meditated in any way.”
The Recorder, Mr Ray Singh, jailed Wilkinson for eight years.
The recorder told him: “You are a bully, your behaviour that day indicates that, as does your record.
“Among the common assaults are offences against two women, your niece Kirsty and former partner Angela, both of whom you knocked to the floor.
“Your brother was simply trying to calm and appease the situation.
“The assault on him was deliberate and you used a weapon – your teeth.
“It was supposed to be a poignant day for your family to remember a loved one.
“Now they will remember that day for all the wrong reasons.”
Wilkinson was made the subject of an indefinite restraining order banning him from entering Shotton Comrades Club, and banning him from contacting Anthony Robert Wilkinson, Anthony Lee Wilkinson, Mary Wilkinson, Kirsty Wilkinson and Stephen Parkin.