Reveller needed surgery after nose bitten in Sunderland nightclub

ATTACK: Illusions nightclub, Holmeside, Sunderland.
ATTACK: Illusions nightclub, Holmeside, Sunderland.
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A MAN needed surgery after his nose and finger were bitten by a reveller in a Sunderland nightclub.

Anthony Hesslewood, 28, launched the assault on a fellow drinker in Illusions night club, on Holmeside, on November 9, Sunderland magistrates heard.

Prosecutor John McGlone said Hesslewood had been staring at the victim’s group of friends across the room at 3.30am.

“He approached him to try and disperse the situation and asked what his problem was,” Mr McGlone said.

“At that point Mr Hesslewood tried to put the victim in a headlock. He pulls away and Mr Hesslewood lunged forward and locked his teeth around his nose.

“He bit down on the nose and the victim put his fingers inside his mouth to get him to release the nose. He released the nose, but bit down on the fingers. Mr Hesslewood then released the fingers and walked away.”

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

He attended Sunderland Royal Hospital with a superficial bite mark to his nose, which had broken the skin and was bleeding.

“The more serious injury is the bite to the finger,” Mr McGlone said. “He attended the hand trauma clinic and was given a course of antibiotics and various injections. There had to be surgery carried out to clean the wound and excise surrounding skin.”

The victim 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.”

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.

He told police: “He was standing there giving me dirty looks. I’m not saying for a minute what I have done is right. It’s not like me, I’m scared of my own shadow.”

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.

Jason Smith, defending, said Hesslewood believed he was about to be assaulted when the victim approached him and he had “got there first”.

Hesslewood will be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on May 8.