Former solider jailed for biting man’s nose

Former solider jailed for biting man’s nose
A former Irish Army soldier from Donegal bit a part of a man’s nose off in an attack in Derry City centre.

A former Irish Army soldier from Donegal bit a part of a man’s nose off in an attack in Derry City centre.

Barry Fitzgerald, with an address at Doire House, Drumnishear, Carrigans, was jailed for four and a half years at Derry Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent on April 14, last year.

The court heard the victim of the assault, Ali Hallimi, was sitting in a car in Waterloo Street reading a book when Fitzgerald approached him.

Mr Hallimi’s friend had earlier challenged Fitzgerald for urinating against his take-away restaurant.

The 25-year-old, who had been based at Finner Camp and had been in the Irish Defence Forces for seven years, was aggressive before biting Mr Hallimi on the nose and back.

He continued to assault Mr Hallimi after he got off the car and as he lay on the ground.

Mr Hallimi was taken to hospital and part of his nose was found inside the car.

He had to undergo surgery in the early hours of the morning, however the nose was never fully repaired and Mr Hallimi will require further surgery in the future.

Fitzgerald resigned form the Defence Forces after admitting the offence.

Judge Brian Sherrard said the assault was grotesque and barbaric. He accepted it was not pre-meditated, but that biting through the nose “required effort and force”.