A dad has been spared jai despite biting a doorman's ear in front of his young daughter.
Paul Holmes went into a frenzied range at the Burlington Pub, Chesterfield, in September last year.
He visited the pub with his daughter, but became loud and aggressive towards customers and door staff, who had been ordered to stop him from coming back in after he had left to make a phone call.
Derby Crown Court heard how upon being told he could not re-enter, he demanded to check his daughter who was still inside was safe.
However, Derbyshire Live reports that the girl – whose age has not been revealed – came outside, which shockingly sparked her father off who leant on the shoulder of the doorman, put his right arm around him and bit his left ear.
And the bite was so hard that he ended up piercing the man's skin.
The 50-year-old's act was caught on CCTV, and he was captured later that day by police.
He claimed initially that it was self-defence, but refused to comment when shown the CCTV footage.
He pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in March.
A statement from the unnamed victim said: “This has caused a significant amount of distress.
“He [Holmes] did not make any indication that he might hurt me. I have never had an incident as serious as this.
“I could trust regulars and patrons to behave in a civil manner – I was shocked (as) it was an immoral thing to do.”
Homes, an asbestos remover for a living, does have previous convictions including nine for offences against a person, including grievous bodily harm.
Recorder Dean Crowe, sentencing, said: "Even after your daughter had been allowed out, you resorted to violence.
“You gave the impression of wanting to speak to the victim but instead used that as an opportunity to bite his ear.
“You claimed, wholly incorrectly, that you were acting in self defence.
“I accept that this was an impulsive, short-lived assault (and) you are clearly a committed father.
“Having considered all of the circumstances, the custody threshold is crossed, but there is a realistic chance of rehabilitation – you need to be setting a far better example for your daughter."
He was given a six-month sentence, suspended for 12 months, must complete 90 days of alcohol abstinence monitoring and 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days, and pay a £128 victim surcharge.
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