A student housing official was bitten and punched while trying to escort a drunk visitor outside
A student housing official was punched in the face and bitten while trying to escort a rowdy visitor out of a building, a court heard.
A drunk Michael Matthews had gone to the building to see his girlfriend, but was later asked to leave due to his behavior.
The 20-year-old then sank his teeth into his victim, leaving the man in need of antibiotics and a tetanus shot.
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Swansea Crown Court heard the assault took place in the Coppergate student accommodation block on The Kingsway in Swansea city center on July 7 last year.
David Singh, prosecuting, said an intoxicated Matthews went to the building to see his girlfriend who lived in one of the apartments. However, the couple began to argue and the accused was asked to leave.
The court heard the apartments’ residence coordinator had escorted Matthews “aggressively” off the premises. victim while trying to immobilize him.
The prosecutor said Matthews then bit his victim near his shoulder, causing him pain the man described as “like I have never felt before”.
The staff member then went to the hospital and was given antibiotics and a tetanus injection. In an impact statement read in court, the victim said the assault had shaken his confidence and left him worried he would have a permanent scar.
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Michael Matthews, of Eggers Field, Bentley, Hampshire, had previously pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage – ripping his victim’s T-shirt – when he appeared on the bench accused for sentencing. He has no previous convictions.
Anthony O’Connell, for Matthews, said the defendant – who is now 21 – came to Swansea to be with his partner but has since returned home to Hampshire. He said his client felt remorse for what had happened and had now lost his good character as a result of his conviction. He added that Matthews was taking steps to address his “rooted drinking issues”.
Judge Catherine Richards said Matthews committed an unprovoked assault while intoxicated, but she said she was confident that appropriate punishment could be meted out in the community and that there were good prospects for rehabilitation in his case.
With a one-third reduction for his guilty pleas, Matthews received a 10-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months and was ordered to attend a rehabilitation course and an alcohol abstinence program. He must also pay his victim £500 in compensation.
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