Jail for Sunderland nightclub thug who bit man’s nose after 20-pint binge

Anthony Hesslewood told police he had been out with his cousin drinking all day and had at least 20 pints of lager and six or seven vodkas.

Anthony Hesslewood told police he had been out with his cousin drinking all day and had at least 20 pints of lager and six or seven vodkas.

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A thug who drank 20 pints before biting a fellow drinker’s nose and finger during a boozy night out has been jailed.

Anthony Hesslewood launched the assault on a man in Illusions nightclub, Sunderland, after firstly staring him out across the dance floor.

Illusions venue and nightclub on Holmeside in Sunderland, where Anthony Hesslewood bit a fellow drinker's nose.

Illusions venue and nightclub on Holmeside in Sunderland, where Anthony Hesslewood bit a fellow drinker's nose.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that the victim went over to find out what Hesslewood’s problem was, and before he knew it, the defendant had him in a headlock, before biting his nose and then his fingers.

Prosecutor Bridie Smurthwaite said Hesslewood, 28, had been staring at the victim’s group of friends across the room at 3.30am on November 9.

The victim was left bleeding from his nose while Hesslewood was detained by door staff until police arrived.

He said in a statement: “I could very easily have been disfigured from this incident. I’m worried about going out drinking with my friends again.”

You simply cannot bite people in nightclubs. You lunged at this man and bit him twice. Thankfully, the injuries were superficial.

Judge Edward Bindloss

Hesslewood told police he had been out with his cousin drinking all day and had consumed at least 20 pints of lager and six or seven vodkas.

Hesslewood, of Grasmere Terrace, South Hetton, admitted causing actual bodily harm. He had three previous assaults on his record, including one where he bit the victim.

Vic Laffey, defending, said: “He has significant alcohol problems and this seems to be the root of the problems.”

Judge Edward Bindloss sentenced Hesslewood to eight months’ imprisonment of which he will serve half in custody.

The judge said: “You simply cannot bite people in nightclubs.

“You lunged at this man and bit him twice. Thankfully, the injuries were superficial.

“This could have been much worse and the victim could have been left disfigured.

“Your problem lies with binge drinking and you know you need to resolve this.

“I have a right to protect the public and you just cannot just go around biting people.”