Jail as bite leaves man permanently scarred

Haddington Sheriff Court

Haddington Sheriff Court

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A Longniddry man who permanently disfigured a man by biting him during a “savage assault” has been jailed for 18 months.

Michael White was grappling on the floor with Allan Grant at the Masonic Club in North Berwick when he bit into Mr Grant’s head.

The bite left Mr Grant severely injured and with lasting scars. White, of 16 Church Way, had previously been found guilty of two charges on a majority decision following a three-day trial at Haddington Sheriff Court.

The 22-year-old appeared at the court last Wednesday where he received a custodial sentence for the attack last May. White’s solicitor told the court his client had “shown remorse and empathy” and had suffered mental health difficulties following the incident. He said White was currently on medication for depression.

White was said to have acted with “extreme excess” when he got into the situation with Mr Grant. The court heard if jailed, he would lose his job.

Sheriff Peter Braid said the assault was a “savage” one and had been fuelled by alcohol.

He added: “Due to your record, your last conviction is directly analogous in 2010, for which you received community service – I have come to the view there is no alternative to a custodial sentence.”

Sheriff Braid admonished White on the first charge of acting in a disorderly manner by shouting, swearing, uttering threats of violence, making sexual comments and committing a breach of the peace at the Masonic Club, Forth Street, North Berwick, on May 11, 2013.

White was jailed for 18 months after being found guilty of attempting to punch Allan Grant on the head, attempting to kick him on the body, struggling with him causing him to fall to the ground and biting him on the head to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement during the same incident.

The prison term was backdated to June 19 and White will also be supervised for nine months following his release.

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