Buncrana man admits biting incident in Derry


A Buncrana man bit a man on the knee so hard it left a hole in his jeans, a court has heard.

Ryan Phelan, of Big Home, Tullydish, Buncrana, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm on March 18, last year.

He also admitted assaulting the injured party’s girlfriend and causing damage to a pair of jeans.

Derry Magistrate's Court heard the 28-year-old was in a city centre bar when he grabbed a woman by the breast.

He got into an argument with her boyfriend and slapped him across the face.

Phelan also punched the man on the jaw and a scuffle ensued.

The court was told the 28-year-old bit the man on the knee and drew blood. He also ripped a hole in the man's jeans.

District Judge Peter King suspended a six month sentence for two years and ordered Phelan to pay the injured party £250 compensation.

He said 'this sort of behaviour is completely and utterly unacceptable'.

The judge warned Phelan 'you can't go around bars in this city biting people to the extent you draw blood'.