A NIGHT out turned to horror when a man had a chunk of his ear was bitten off in a takeaway.
Marco Oswald and his 19-year-old girlfriend Gemma Vasey were in Urban Oven Pizza, in Durham City’s Claypath, when the unprovoked assault happened.
“I’m just shook up,” said the 22-year-old, a buyer for Washington Universal Ceilings.
“This guy came up to me and started giving us threats and shoulder barging and saying to go outside and fight.
“Before I even responded to him he got me on the floor and bit my ear.
“The lads from behind the counter came out and dragged me out from under him.”
Marco flagged down a taxi and went to hospital for treatment to his badly damaged ear.
“They stitched part back on,” he said. “But there’s still a big chunk missing out of it.”
The incident happened at about 1.10am on Monday.
Marco is determined not to let the reckless actions of one man stop him living his life as normal.
“I won’t be going out any time soon with half my ear gone, but when I’m better, we’ll go out in town in Durham.”
He added: “You just have to get on with it.”
Marco, from Chilton in County Durham, has hospital appointments lined up and the prospect of reconstructive surgery once his ear is healed.
Detective Constable Catherine Knox, from Durham CID, said: “This was an unprovoked attack and we are urging members of the public to come forward if they have any information that may help us identify the attacker.”
Contact Durham Police on 101.