Skegness man jailed for biting off part of bouncer’s ear

Court News.
Court News.

A Skegness man who bit the tip of a doorman’s ear off after being ejected from a pub was jailed for 18 months.

Hotel worker Stephen Johnson, 30, left the 43-year-old bouncer in “agonising pain” after launching the attack as he was thrown out of the Stumble Inn on Lumley Road.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Johnson was a “Jekyll and Hyde” character who had two previous convictions for biting police officers.

The court was told Johnson became aggressive after being allowed to visit the toilet before he was asked to leave the bar.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said: “The doorman placed an arm around him as he was allowed to do.

“Johnson bit the top part of his left ear and the doorman pushed him straight away.”

Johnson was detained by other bouncers outside the pub.

The doorman had tissue missing from his ear and cartilage was exposed.

Mr Howes added: “Because it was a human bite the doorman needed a jab to protect against hepatitis.”

David Eager, mitigating, told the court Johnson had been in and out of prison but was finally turning his life around.

“He has turned 30, his partner has stood by him and he is being a better father to their three children,” Mr Eager said.

“They both share a job at the Crown Hotel where they work 16 hours each.”

Johnson, formerly of Drummond Road, Skegness, admitted a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm on 16 February, this year.

Passing sentence Judge Sean Morris told Johnson he had made a habit of biting people.

“You have eight previous convictions for assault including biting two police officers who were no doubt just doing their duty,” Judge Morris said.

“You bit the end of this doorman’s ear off.”