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Cotswold ear-biter fined
9:25am Monday 30th January 2012 in News
A MAN who bit his ex-girlfriend's new partner on the ear in a Moreton pub attack has been ordered to pay his victim £750 compensation.
Colin Eldridge, aged 34, of Stockwells, Moreton, was also given a six months jail term suspended for two years and banned from pubs and clubs for a year after he admitted assault causing actual bodily harm.
Gloucester crown court heard last Thursday (26) that victim James Hall was the current boyfriend of Eldridge's ex-girlfriend Louise Evans.
Prosecutor Oliver Willmott said the two men met by chance in the Old Swan pub lavatory on July 23, 2010. "Mr Eldridge sprang at him and caught him by the neck. But he then went for Mr Hall's ear and bit it,” he said.
Mr Willmott said the Crown viewed the assault as 'unprovoked and deliberate.' David Maunder, defending, said Eldridge is a hard working man holding down two jobs and now in a new relationship.
He said that since the offence Eldridge had undergone a domestic abuse programme. "He leads a very different lifestyle now," he added. The judge also ordered Eldridge to do 40 hours of unpaid work and pay £250 costs.