Yob who bit part of a man’s ear off at Hartlepool nightspot is locked up for four years

Jonathan Warren
Jonathan Warren

A YOB who bit part of a man’s ear off has been locked up for four years.

Jonathan Warren, 29, launched the savage and unprovoked attack on Stephen Graham outside a Hartlepool nightspot.

Teesside Crown Court heard Warren could not even remember why he attacked his girlfriend’s cousin because he was drunk and on medication.

The incident, outside Yates’s bar in Victoria Road, was captured on CCTV.

Mr Graham was talking to his cousin, who is Warren’s girlfriend, moments before he launched the unprovoked attack.

Rachel Masters, prosecuting, said: “The defendant can be seen on CCTV to be held back by friend of his.

“He then goes towards the complainant, attacked him and bit part of his ear off.”

The victim was taken to One Life Hartlepool and later transferred to James Cook hospital in Middlesbrough.

Warren was arrested just after midnight on April 21.

He admitted causing the injury but denied intending to do the level of damage he did.

Warren, a plumber and pipefitter, was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm after a trial last month.

In a victim impact statement, Mr Graham said the attack was “completely unprovoked”, was afraid to go out and he is very self conscious of his appearance.

The court heard he had not opted for plastic surgery and his ear had healed quite well.

Martin Scarborough, mitigating, said the attack was out of character for Warren who was described as “a loving dad”.

But he said Warren, of North Road, Seaton Carew, had been affected by the stressful breakdown of his previous relationship and had been prescribed medication.

Mr Scarborough said: “He always accepted causing the injury. Not withstanding his level of intoxication he couldn’t recall doing it.

“In evidence he said words to the effect ‘nobody deserves to be attacked in the way I attacked him’.

“This is very much out of character, a very serious offence and he will be punished accordingly.”

Jailing Warren, Judge John Walford said: “The only explanation for what possessed you to behave as you did on this particular night is the fact the you were under the influence of alcohol, having not drank for some time, and also it would seem affected by medication which you were taking.

“Because otherwise for you to be transformed from the person I have read about to the person I saw on CCTV is quite beyond belief.”