STUDENT LEFT SCARRED FOR LIFE AFTER MAN ‘LOCKED ONTO’ HIS FACE AT PARTY

first_imgA thug bit so hard into the face of another man that there was a hole left in his cheek through to the inside of his mouth.Stephen Fox arriving at court for sentence. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Details of the horrific attack, which took place at a house party in Letterkenny, were given in court yesterday. Chef Stephen Fox, 25, admitted to the brutal attack on Kelvin McLaughlin at the party in April, 2012.A shaken Mr McLaughlin, an architectural student, recalled to Judge John O’Hagan how the attack has changed his life forever.Despite extensive plastic surgery, he has been left with visible scars while he also continues to suffer psychological torture as a result of the attack.The court hard how both men had been at a party at 27A Oaklands Park and that there had been words between the pair earlier in the night.Fox called Mr McLaughlin out to the back door and as the pair chatted, Fox lunged at the victim and sunk his teeth into his face.And although the victim fell backwards onto the ground, his attacker remained “locked-on” as he fell.Mr McLaughlin was rushed to hospital and had to receive extensive treatment at Letterkenny General Hospital and at a plastic surgery unit at St James Hospital in Dublin.Judge O’Hagan asked the victim to come closer in the witness box so h could see his injuries.When asked, Mr McLaughlin described the pain he suffered in the immediate aftermath of the vicious attack.“I went to Letterkenny hospital but they didn’t have anyone qualified and I was told I would have to wait for three days.“I sat there with a piece missing out of my face for three days before going to Dublin for more plastic surgery.“The pain was horrific and I felt like I was on fire. I was eating painkillers but I still felt like I was on fire – burning and tingling,” he said.He said he is still paranoid about his scarring.“I tried to forget about it but people began saying that I was getting very withdrawn. I didn’t want to see anyone. I used to be very confident but I thought my face was destroyed for life,” he said.Judge O’Hagan put it to the victim that he was a young man and if he had still been able to have girlfriends and Mr McLaughlin said he had.His attacker took to the stand as he said h anted to apologise to Mr McLaughin.He said he thought about contacting his victim by social media to say sorry but he could not bring himself to do so.“I want to take back what happened that night – he is scarred for life. I wish I could take it back but I can’t. I have no animosity towards him at all. Even just looking at him is hurting, it’s hurting me,” he said.He added that although his family had little money, he was prepared to work to put together several thousands euro together as some mans of compensation to his victim.And he added “He might never accept my apology and I can understand that he may never forgive m for what happened.”Judge O’Hagan said the attack was ‘totally unprovoked.’“To deliberately bite someone and to engage your teeth in their flesh must require a certain amount of intent.“And to do so in the manner it was done could not have had any other real result but than a severe injury.“It could b said that it may not have man to have been as severe as it was,” he said.He added that he did not think the offer of compensation was a realistic one.He sentenced Fox to four years in prison on the Section 4 assault charge and suspended the final two years.He also backdated the sentence to December 22nd last – the date when Fox was arrested by Gardai after he was extradited on a European Police warrant from Glasgow where h now lives.STUDENT LEFT SCARRED FOR LIFE AFTER MAN ‘LOCKED ONTO’ HIS FACE AT PARTY was last modified: February 13th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultattackbitedonegalJUdge John O’HaganKelvin McLaughlinletterkennyStephen Foxlast_img read more