Man bit bouncer twice at Trowbridge pub, drawing blood

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A man who twice bit a bouncer in a drunken attack outside a Trowbridge centre pub has walked free from court.

Fared Rashid, 32, first sank his teeth into the hand of the doorman as he tried to stop him climbing a fence into the smoking area to renew a scrap.

He then bit through a fleece being worn by Paul Tovey-Lemm with such force that he broke the skin on his chest.

Tessa Hingston, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court the defendant had been out drinking at the Albany Palace on October 6 last year and had been thrown out for getting involved in an incident with a Polish man.

"He continued the aggression to the Polish man, who was in the smoking area. The defendant was described as climbing up railings to get to the smoking area," she said.

"The door staff intervened to stop him climbing up and a friend of Mr Rashid punched a doorman to the face.

"Mr Tovey-Lemm put out his hand out to stop the defendant becoming involved in the punch up and the defendant bit him on the hand causing a bleeding wound.

"Then there was a further scuffle in which both the victim and defendant fell to the ground. 

"The defendant turned his head and bit the victim though his fleece jacket and shirt, again causing a bloodied wound to his chest."

Rashid, of Sheepcote Barton, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm.

Alex Daymond, defending, said his client came to the country in 2001 and has been in employment ever since, now working in a cosmetics factory. Rashid had just split from his girlfriend, did not generally go drinking and got 'horribly drunk'.

Passing sentence Recorder Nicholas Atkinson QC said: "I give you credit for the fact that this offence would appear to be wholly out of character."

He imposed an eight-month jail term suspended for 18 months and ordered him to do 80 hours of unpaid work and to be supervised for six months.

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