Three brawling men put a bloodied reveller in hospital after one of them bit part of his ear off, a court’s heard.
Defendant Jaxon Tite is alleged to have chewed off a chunk of James Blenkinsopp’s lobe while on a Scarborough Rugby Club night out.
Co-accused Robert Murphy and Paul White are then said to have repeatedly punched and kicked the victim, before Tite allegedly struck the young male’s then girlfriend Lorna Arnall as she tried to break up the brawl.
All three accused had been on a club night out before the late-night skirmish, which started when the victim tried breaking up a town centre scrap.
At he first day of the hearing, Prosecutor Tim Capstick told Bradford Crown Court: “It is safe to say that alcohol played a significant part in the events of the evening.”
Mr Blenkinsopp was questioned by Mr Capstick in court and explained that he had been bar hopping in Scarborough with his friend, Matthew Holloway, when Mr Holloway recognised one of the defendants.
Mr Blenkinsopp said: “Matthew began to speak to Mr White. Matthew thought it was David White, Mr White’s brother, and there was some confusion.
”Mr White said: ‘You don’t know who I am’ and Matthew said: ‘You must be the other one’.”
Mr Blenkinsopp described how there was a second male of stocky build wearing a tie that he recognised as the Scarborough Rugby Club uniform.
Mr Blenkinsopp said: “The other male said: ‘You don’t know who we are’.
“Matthew asked him to calm down and then the other man struck Matthew in the face with his fist.”
Mr Blenkinsopp went on to describe how Mr Holloway was struck again by the second male.
Mr Blenkinsopp said: “I turned to Mr White and told him to get his friend off Matthew.
“Mr White said: ‘It’s not my place, it’s not my fight’. I then decided to try to remove the male from Matthew.”
Mr Blenkinsopp described how he physically got in between Matthew and the second male, trying to push them away from each other before the male attacking Matthew turned on Mr Blenkinsopp.
Mr Blenkinsopp said: “The second male struck me in the face with his fists, repeatedly.
“I felt several blows to my face and body was then tackled to the ground - my legs were taken from under me and I hit the ground on my back.
“I then felt kicks and punches landing on my head, chin, ribs, legs and back.
“I imagine there to have been more than one person as it felt like there were several blows at once.”
Mr Blenkinsopp then went on to describe how he felt a male on top of him and he felt a crunching sound in his left ear - which was a part of his ear being bitten off.
He said: “At first I heard the sound more than I felt the pain. Then I felt extreme pain in my left ear and I felt a hot liquid running down the side of my face.”
Mr Blenkinsopp described how the next thing he remembered was sitting at the roadside with his now ex-girlfriend, Miss Arnall, a police officer and a paramedic.
He then pointed at Tite as the person who had bitten his ear, although at this stage he did not his name.
In his opening, Mr Capstick explained how Paul Townsend, a doorman who was separate to both parties and had not consumed any alcohol, pointed at Murphy, White and Tite when the police arrived and they were then arrested.
Mr Blenkinsopp was then taken to hospital and was treated for his injuries and required surgery to reconstruct his damaged ear.
The jury, of seven men and five woman, heard how Mr Blenkinsopp had been at a party for the birthday of his now ex-girlfriend’s sister, Gemma Arnall, prior to going out into the town centre.
Mr Blenkinsopp said: “I had two cans of cider and two glasses of punch at the party.”
A group of Mr Blenkinsopp’s friends then went to a bar where Mr Blenkinsopp had a gin and a mixer and a vodka and a mixer.
The group left to go to another bar just before midnight and it was on the way to this second bar the incident happened.
Mr Blenkinsopp said of his state at the time: “I felt as though I was in full control.”
Tite’s defence, Ian Glenn QC, asked Mr Blenkinsopp about punch jelly shots and a bottle of Cactus Jack alcohol that was seen in photographs of the party later posted on Facebook.
Mr Blenkinsopp told the court that the jelly shots were the same of the punch, of which he had two glasses, and he had not had any of the Cactus Jack.
During his opening remarks, Mr Capstick summarised to the jury the accounts given of the evening by the defendants White, Murphy and Tite.
Mr Capstick said: “Mr Tite said he had been on the beer since 5:30pm and said he was about a 7 on a scale of drunk.
“He said he could only recollect some of what happened and felt embarrassed and annoyed with himself.
“He could remember being on the floor but not how he got there. He said it was not in his nature to bite someone’s ear but he admitted he didn’t know if he had done it.”
Describing White’s account, Mr Capstick said: “Mr White had little recollection of the incident and said he had done nothing wrong.
“He said Mr Tite had thrown one punch and was unable to explain the blood on his clothing.”
Murphy’s account also explained that he had been drinking.
Mr Capstick said: “Mr Murphy said that he remembered three males threatening him and Mr Tite.
“He suggested that Mr Blenkinsopp had gotten the better of things on the night and that he was top of Mr Tite.
“Whilst he said he was involved, Mr Murphy said he was going to the aid of others rather than being an aggressor in the situation.”
White,Murphy and Tite have all pleaded not guilty to one count of wounding with intent and one count of unlawful wounding and Tite has pleaded not guilty to one count of battery.
Mr Capstick invited the jury to find the defendants guilty on either count one - wounding with intent - or count two - unlawful wounding - but not both.
The case continues.