A THUG who bit off part of a man’s ear in a pub scuffle has been sent to prison.

Staff at The Boars Head in Holywell recovered two-thirds of the ear on the floor following the fight on March 18 last year, but doctors were unable to attach it and the victim was left with a permanent reminder of the sickening attack, Mold Crown Court heard today (Thursday).

Defendant Carl Newman admitted wounding his friend Ryan Till after accusing him of making advances towards his partner when he was in prison previously.

He was caged for 21 months.

Judge Niclas Parry compared him to an animal and said photographs of the consequences of his actions were ‘stomach-churning’.

The court heard that there had been provocation and Mr Till had been attacking the defendant.

But Newman – formerly of Blacon, Chester, and now of Ffordd Aelwyd at Carmel near Holywell – bit down on his ear during a scuffle.

Prosecutor Sandra Subacchi told how Newman then pushed Mr Till away – and two-thirds of his ear was ripped off.

The following day the victim underwent emergency surgery at the Countess of Chester Hospital. The remaining part of Mr Till’s ear was stitched to the side of his head until medics were able to carry out a skin graft.

In April the victim had further surgery involving a skin graft from his groin to repair the ear.

Judge Niclas Parry told Newman: “I am bound to say that I consider this to be a worrying case. You are a man who on your own admission becomes out of control when you lose your temper.”

He added: “An animal would have done what you did. The pictures of the consequences are stomach-churning.”

Myles Wilson, defending, said there had been a high degree of provocation.