Liverpool: “Horrific, Sickening, Almost Barbaric” Man’s Face Bitten Off In Nightclub Attack

25 Aug

The victim was attacked in Liverpool city centre early on Sunday morning:

A man had his nose, ears and lip bitten off during a “sickening” attack outside a nightclub in Liverpool, police said today.

The 31-year old victim lost part of both ears, his upper lip and part of his nose in the assault by a man outside Funky Box in Liverpool city centre. A second man held bystanders and a bouncer back as his accomplice attacked the man on ground.

The venue has had its alcohol licence suspended by the city council acting on police advice.

Describing CCTV footage of the attack, which happened at 6.20am last Saturday, PC Stuart Moore told Liverpool’s licensing committee: “It is horrific, sickening and it is almost barbaric, what takes place.”

“The footage shows a fight between two males. The victim and the assailant could be seen brawling in the street. Both males fall to the floor and there’s a struggle.

“A second male appears to be protecting the people involved to make sure the fight continues and the assailant starts reigning blows. There are nine consecutive punches while he lies on the floor.

“The assailant can be seen to place his head down by the victim. He starts eating away at his face and his head. The male has had his two ears bitten off, part of his nose bitten off and half of his lip bitten off.

“The attack reminded me of a lion wrenching the flesh off a gazelle.”

Merseyside Police said the victim, from the Wavertree area of Liverpool, remains in hospital where he is expected to undergo reconstructive surgery.

Laurence Richard McGinn (28), of Sherry Court, Aigburth, Liverpool, was charged with Section 18 wounding and remanded in custody to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on November 28th.

A 27-year-old man, from Toxteth, was also arrested in connection with the assault and is on police bail pending further inquiries.

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NEWS UPDATE:

A MAN’S face was bitten off in a sickening attack that resembled a lion “wrenching the flesh from a gazelle”.

The 31-year old had both ears, upper lip and part of his nose ripped off in a savage brawl outside city centre nightspot Funky Box.

The late-night club, currently being investigated for a string of assaults, was today shut on police advice using emergency powers.

A 28-year-old man from Sefton Park was remanded in custody in connection with the “barbaric” attack, reported to have stemmed from a row over a girl.

At Liverpool council’s Municipal Buildings, where councillors suspended the bar’s alcohol permit, licensing officer PC Stuart Moore described the incident as the worst he had seen in 27 years of policing.

Only one of the two ears was recovered at the scene on Fleet Street.

Describing CCTV footage of the attack, which happened at 6.20am on Saturday, PC Moore said: “It is horrific, sickening and it is almost barbaric what takes place.

“The footage shows a fight between two males. The victim and the assailant could be seen brawling in the street. Both males fall to the floor and there’s a struggle.

“A second male appears to be protecting the people involved to make sure the fight continues and the assailant starts reigning blows.

“There are nine consecutive punches while he lies on the floor.

“The assailant can be seen to place his head down by the victim. He starts eating away at his face and his head.

“The male has had his two ears bitten off, part of his nose bitten off and half of his lip bitten off.

“The attack reminded me of a lion wrenching the flesh off a gazelle.”

PC Moore added: “In 27 years in the police, this is as sickening an attack as I have seen.”

Before fleeing to Subway on Bold Street to wash off blood, the attacker was said to have kicked his victim as he lay propped up against a wall.

The man from Wavertree, who will require plastic surgery, is still in hospital. All three men had been in Funky Box, a popular late night bar which opens until 6am.

The bar said the man had not appeared “worse for wear” and there had been no indication that trouble could flare.

The club’s bouncer, Alan Steele, tried to break up the fight but was warned off by the second man.

PC Moore said police had no option but to apply for the suspension of Funky Box’s alcohol licence in light of the attack.

Funky Box – The club is currently being probed over an alleged sexual attack last year.

PC Moore told the licensing committee: “The concerns that we have are that we have a premises that has a phenomenal history of violence both inside and outside. We now feel we have to act quickly and swiftly. If we leave it open in its current state we could be dealing with a fatality soon.”

He added: “As a result of them being at the venue and being served alcohol, we ended up with a very serious incident.”

Solicitor Carl Bruder, representing Funky Box, insisted that the premises could not be held responsible for an attack which happened on the street. The attack happened more than 15 minutes after the men had left the bar.

Summing up, he said: “It has nothing to do with the bar.

“It has nothing to do with the bricks and mortar. It could have been anywhere.

“This incident, as horrible as it clearly is, cannot be laid at the door of the premises or its operators.”

A full review of Funky Box’s licence will be held on September 19, where councillors could permanently ban the sale of booze or impose strict restrictions.

City centre chief inspector Mark Morgan told the ECHO: “Police take a zero-tolerance approach to violence and crime in licensed premises in the city centre.”

Yesterday, Laurence Richard McGinn, aged 28, of Dalemeadow Road, Knotty Ash was charged with assault and remanded in custody to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on November 28.

A man, 27, arrested on suspicion of assault was bailed until November pending further enquiries.

Read More http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news/2011/08/24/a-man-had-his-nose-ears-and-lips-bitten-off-in-a-brutal-attack-outside-liverpool-nightclub-funky-box-100252-29291680/#ixzz1W2LQ8Oyp

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