A Donegal man who bit off his brother’s ear in a fight has received a suspended jail term at Derry Magistrate’s Court.
Sean McCallion, of Dunberry Hill, Bridgend, pleaded guilty to wounding and possessing cannabis. when he appeared in court on Friday.
The charges relate to an incident on August 24, 2011.
The court heard that police were called to an 18th birthday party and when they arrived the injured party’s ear was “dangling off.”
It was revealed he had to get 22 stitches to the injury and has suffered problems with his hearing since the incident.
Police spoke to the man about his injuries and he said “it was brotherly love” and that he and his 22-year-old sibling “fight all the time”.
The court heard McCallion was arrested and told officers: “This is a joke it was just a fight”.
As he was being taken into custody, a small package of cannabis fell out of his pocket.
McCallion claimed that he bit his brother’s ear in self-defence and “didn’t mean to bite it off”.
A defence barrister conceded it was an “extremely serious assault” and her client was “horrified and disgusted” by what he had done.
She said McCallion is not usually an aggressive person but had consumed a lot of alcohol on that night.
The barrister said the defendant is now abstaining from all alcohol and drugs and hopes to rebuild his relationship with his brother.
Suspending a six month jail term for three years, District Judge Barney McElholm also fined the 22-year-old £150.