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Man bit bouncer on leg during football club Christmas Party outing to north coast

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A MAN who bit a bouncer leaving a mark on his leg during a football club Christmas Party trip to the north coast has been fined £450 and ordered to pay £300 compensation to the victim, Coleraine Magistrates Court sitting in Ballymena has been told.

Mark O’Neill (22) was sentenced on November 2 for offences of disorderly behaviour and assault in relation to incidents at The Anchor in Portstewart on December 8 last year.

A prosecutor told the court that at 12.10am on December 8 last year the defendant had been viewed by doorstaff “taking a swing” at an unknown male in a smoking area.

When restrained the defendant bit one of the bouncers “on the lower left calf leaving a mark”.

The prosecutor said police viewed CCTV which showed a “completely unprovoked attack” on the male in the smoking area by the defendant.

A defence lawyer said the defendant was on two suspended sentences and was “remorseful” for what happened in Portstewart.

The lawyer said a football club was holding a Christmas party outing and there had been drink on a bus and a number of bars were visited on the way to the north coast.

The lawyer said the defendant could not remember events because of the amount of drink taken.

The lawyer said it appeared the defendant had been involved in a “heated argument”in Portstewart and when a number of bouncers were dealing with him he panicked and bit one of them on the leg.

The lawyer claimed the defendant has been abstaining from alcohol since the incident.

Imposing the fine and ordering the defendant, with an address listed as Denamona Court, Fintona, County Tyrone – but who also has links to Stewartstown – to pay compensation, District Judge Peter King said he would not activate the suspended sentences.

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