‘Drunk pest’ who bit punter’s nose and bouncer’s finger smirks outside court

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A "drunken pest" bit a man's nose for "jokingly" giving him the middle finger at a bar before biting a bouncer's finger.

Dad-of-three Lee Stephens grabbed Paul Davies by the neck and sunk his teeth into his nose after he refused to apologise for the rude gesture, at Keith's Food and Wine Bar in Liverpool on October 5, 2019, the court heard.

The thug from Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, then went to chew on doorman Callum Duggan's right eyebrow and ended up leaving a 1cm by 0.5cm wound by chomping into one of his fingers, the ECHO reports.

Stephens' first victim Mr Davies said he has been scarred on his nose from the attack and now suffers from breathing difficulties.

Martyn Walsh, prosecuting at Liverpool Crown Court, said that after Stephens' third request for an apology was ignored by Mr Davies, he grabbed him around the neck and actually bit him around the nose.

Stephens was thrown out of the bar, where Mr Duggan, an off-duty doorman at Keith's, was having a cigarette, at around 1.15am.

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Mr Duggan spoke to Mr Davies, who complained about his injury, before Stephens lunged forward and tried to bite the bouncer's eyebrow.

Mr Walsh said Stephens also tried to throw a punch at Mr Duggan, but missed, and the doorman took him to the ground to restrain him when he felt teeth tear his finger.

Following his arrest, Stephens claimed to have little memory of events and was shocked by CCTV footage from the night, which he cried at while watching in the dock.

Judge Woodhall said Stephens' initial claim that Mr Davies was in some way the aggressor was "bound to fail" before a jury.

Defending, Peter White conceded Mr Davies was just being "jovial" and didn't present any threat, while Stephens was a "drunken pest".

He added that Mr Duggan should not have been placed in a position where he had to use force.

Mr White said: "One can hardly blame him for using the force in any event, given Mr Stephens was being a drunken pest outside the bar where he provides security."

The lawyer explained Stephens' reasoning behind his actions was that he "drank too much" after going out for a meal with a friend and was "not a big drinker".

Stephens, who has 16 previous convictions for 22 offences, was handed nine months in prison, suspended for 15 months, 200 hours of unpaid work and a 30-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.

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