A DEVASTATED dad said a normal night out turned into one of his worst nightmares when a stranger bit off a chunk of his ear in a bar.
Jon Doherty sank his teeth into Seamus Edge’s skin after a discussion about football exploded in violence at Ttonic in Sunderland in February.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that the severed flesh could not be reattached and Mr Edge has been left permanently disfigured.
The 32-year-old told police in a victim statement he has been left “absolutely devastated”.
Mr Edge, who also suffered a black eye in the attack, said he felt forced to avoid his parents in the aftermath of his ordeal so they were not too distressed by the site of his injuries.
He told police: “It was supposed to be a normal night out – it turned into one of my worst nightmares.
“Having to tell my children what happened to my ear absolutely crushed my world.”
Doherty, 21, of Victoria Road, Barrow-in Furness, Cumbria, admitted unlawful wounding.
Joseph Ham, 22, of Cottage Holdings, Dunswell, Hull, admitted affray after he was caught on CCTV throwing punches at Mr Edge before the biting.
Judge Simon Hickey jailed Doherty for two years.
The judge said: “Mr Edge, according to his statement, is a family man with children.
“The talk apparently was about football, and after a short while, as the footage shows, he was attacked. It is a serious injury to lose part of your ear by a bite.
“That man has lost part of his ear for life.”
The judge said Doherty must pay Mr Edge £1,000 compensation.
Ham was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with an order to pay £200 compensation.