Felixstowe: Guardian bites man on cheek in toilets

FELIXSTOWE: A man bit one man on the cheek and broke another’s jaw during two separate violent incidents in one night at the Royal British Legion club in Felixstowe, a court has heard.

Brian Caton was left bleeding from a three-inch wound on his cheek after being bitten by 29-year-old Daniel Mason and later the same evening Malcolm Hillman suffered a broken jaw after being punched in the face by the defendant, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Mason, of Alderman Road, Ipswich, admitted assaulting Mr Caton causing him actual bodily harm and unlawfully wounding Mr Hillman.

After hearing Mason felt genuine remorse for his actions and had been the guardian of his two younger sisters aged 11 and 12 since the death of their mother two years ago, Recorder David Anderson passed a 40-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months.

He also ordered Mason to carry out 150 hours’ unpaid work in the community, banned him from entering licensed premises in Felixstowe and Ipswich for six months and ordered him to pay �500 compensation to Mr Hillman.

Shereen Dyer, prosecuting, told the court that on December 5 last year Mr Caton, who died on August 25 this year in circumstances unrelated to this case, had gone to the Royal British Legion club in Mill Lane, Felixstowe, with his wife.

During the evening Mason pushed Mr Caton in the men’s toilets and bit his cheek.

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Mr Hillman had been in the club car park when he was punched in the face by Mason.

Mr Hillman later underwent surgery to have his jaw wired.

Jonathan Chibafa, for Mason, said he had a job and was working six days a week to support his family and was genuinely remorseful for what he had done.

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