Dad of ear-bite victim offers reward for son’s attacker

Marco Oswald who was the victim of an unprovoked attack in Durham City in the early hours of Monday 7th May 2012 and had part of his left ear bitten off.  He lives in Chilton near to Newton Aycliffe, works in Washington.

Marco Oswald who was the victim of an unprovoked attack in Durham City in the early hours of Monday 7th May 2012 and had part of his left ear bitten off. He lives in Chilton near to Newton Aycliffe, works in Washington.

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A DAD is offering a cash reward to help catch his son’s attacker.

Marco Oswald, 23, had a chunk of his left ear bitten off during an unprovoked assault in a Durham pizza shop last year but as yet his attacker has not been found.

CCTV images of Marco Oswald's attacker.

CCTV images of Marco Oswald's attacker.

Now the victim’s dad, John, has vowed to pay out £2,000 to anyone who can identify the attacker.

Mr Oswald, 48, said: “When you see your son suffering in a hospital it’s not nice.

“The police have good pictures but no one came forward – we want to jog someone’s memory.”

Mr Oswald says the reward will be paid upon a successful conviction.

CCTV images of Marco Oswald's attacker.

CCTV images of Marco Oswald's attacker.

The attack happened at Urban Pizza Oven, in Durham City’s Claypath, at about 1.10am on Monday, May 7, while Marco was out with girlfriend Gemma Vasey, 20.

Marco had more than £10,000 of reconstructive surgery on his ear last week at Washington’s Spire Hospital, but he said the experience has affected more than just his appearance.

“I haven’t been out as much, my confidence has been dented quite a bit,” said Marco, who works as a buyer for Universal Sealants in Washington.

“When I’ve been on nights out, I can tell people are looking at me.

CCTV images of Marco Oswald's attacker.

CCTV images of Marco Oswald's attacker.

“I’ve been working but not going to meetings.

“My family and friends have been keeping my chin up all the time. If we can find who did it, that would cap the whole thing off – I’d just like to see them pay for what they’ve done.”

John Oswald, a motor dealer, added: “He’s a changed lad, he doesn’t go out anymore.

“It’s affected his confidence, he’s a shadow of his former self.

CCTV images of Marco Oswald's attacker.

CCTV images of Marco Oswald's attacker.

“He was very conscious of the way it looked.”

Doctors say it could be a year before his bitten ear heals and he will be permanently scarred.

The Oswald family have thanked everyone at the Spire Hospital for their help.

Durham Constabulary have asked anyone who can assist their investigation to call them on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Marco described his attacker as about 5ft 8in with light brown hair, wearing a white top and dark trousers.

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Dated: 14/01/2013 ''�10K COST TO RECONSTRUCT EAR AFTER BRUTAL TAKEAWAY ATTACK ... ''Marco Oswald, 23, from Ferryhill, County Durham, who was savagely bitten in an unprovoked attack while ordering a pizza in his local takeaway in May last year, has had to pay �10,000 for reconstructive surgery to rebuild his ear. ''Pictured: Marco with girlfriend Emma Vasey. ''SEE STORY BY NORTH NEWS ''''NORTHERN ECHO COPYRIGHT - ONLY TO BE USED IN PRINTED EDITIONS - NOT TO BE USED ON-LINE WITHOUT FURTHER SPECIFIC PERMISSION AND LICENSE - IF USED WITHOUT PERMISSION THE NORTHERN ECHO RESERVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION FOR BREACH OF COPYRIGHT AND DAMAGE TO BUSINESS '' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES