A 38-YEAR-old man was jailed for six years today after biting off part of his ‘father in law’s’ ear during an attack on him in his Dursley home.
Marc Jacobs, of no fixed abode, admitted assaulting Andrew Bramwell with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on November 19, 2018.
Prosecutor Ken Bell, told Judge Jason Taylor QC at Gloucester crown court that Jacobs had pleaded guilty to wounding a man who was ‘his father in law, effectively’.
Mr Bell described the attack as a ‘prolonged and ferocious assault on a man considerably older, 58, in his own home’.
During the assault Jacobs ‘began growling like an animal and bit the bottom right part of his ear off’.
“He left him bruised, battered and bloodied in his own home,” the prosecutor said.
“The defendant went there around 11pm that night ostensibly to deliver presents to his children.
“Mr Bramwell is the go between for the defendant and his ex wife,” Mr Bell explained.
“When he handed over a bag to Mr Bramwell. He pulled him towards him and punched him to the face.
“He got him to the floor, began stamping, and pressing his knee on Mr Bramwell’s body.
“He was shouting ‘Get off! You are much younger!’
“A neighbour heard and called the police.”
Judge Taylor noted: “The defendant did eventually come to his senses and tended to the wound.”
“Briefly,” Mr Bell said, “but Mr Bramwell does not recall that.”
Defence lawyer Adam Williams said ‘a 999 call that was made by this defendant to the ambulance’.
Mr Bell accepted that was the case and that Jacobs also called the police.
A statement from Mr Bramwell was read to the court: “What have I done to warrant this?
“He has threatened to kill me before.
“Since the attack I have not been sleeping well. All I can think about is the attack.
“I was completely taken by surprise. I am now extremely jumpy. On edge.
“The images of what happened haunt me over and over again.”
Mr Bramwell required 30 stitches to his ear, and ‘chunks’ of it ‘were lost’.
Mr Bell said: “It is a serious injury with permanent disfigurement.”
The court heard Jacobs had no convictions recorded against him, but there was a caution for a common assault.
Mr Williams said on his client’s behalf: “It was a complete moment of madness that has resulted in him committing one of the most serious offences.
“He accepts his behaviour was totally disproportionate and inappropriate. He is remorseful.
“He tended to the injuries initially. He called the ambulance.
“Later he rang the police and said ‘I think you need to come and talk to me.’
“He had come to his senses and realised very quickly he had committed an awful offence.”
Mr Williams described Jacobs as a ‘hard working man. A lorry driver’.
“He needs help in anger management and thinking skills. Those courses are not available to him as a remand prisoner until he is a serving prisoner.
“He wants to better himself, and strengthen any application he can make to see his children in due course.
“It is a nasty offence, but it is out of character for him.
“Probation say he does not pose a risk to the public at large, it is to specific individuals.
“The restraining order can reduce that,” Mr Williams concluded.
Imposing the six year jail term Judge Taylor told Jacobs: “This was an offence with a backdrop of access to your children.
“I accept you were not seeing you as much as you wanted too. I accept this genuinely upset you.
“But what you did was out of all proportion to your grievance.
“You perceived a comment as provocative, but your response was wholly over the top.
“You launched a sustained and vicious attack. Trying to gouge his eyes. Biting part of his ear off.
“The attack took nearly ten minutes, according to a neighbour who heard it.
“The red mist descended, but you came to your senses. You tended to him and made a 999 call.
“There are no previous conviction and you are genuinely remorseful. I take the view it was isolated. Borne out of a genuine desire to see your children.”
Alongside the jail term, a restraining order was imposed to protect Mr Bramwell and his family for ten years.