Sheffield mechanic bit off man’s ear

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A mechanic who bit off part of another man’s ear during a fight in a Sheffield supermarket car park has been spared jail.

Aaron Palmer, aged 19, left Robert Skelton-Walker facing ‘permanent disfigurement’ after biting off a chunk of his ear during the brawl outside Morrisons in Hillsborough.

Brian Outhwaite, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court, said the men arranged to meet up and have a fight on Monday, October 1, last year.

However, other family members became embroiled and Palmer’s mother, who was shopping at Morrisons, was pushed to the floor.

Mr Outhwaite said: “Members of the family from both sides were at the car park. There was a fight between Mr Skelton-Walker and Palmer. Punches were exchanged.

“Others became embroiled in the fighting and Palmer’s mother was knocked to the floor and assaulted.”

Mr Outhwaite said when Mr Skelton-Walker walked towards Palmer’s brother, who has cystic fibrosis and suffers from learning disabilities, Palmer bit the top half inch of his ear off.

Mr Outhwaite said: “It’s feared it will lead to permanent disfigurement.”

Richard Adams, mitigating, said: “At the time of this, perhaps, rather desperate act, his mother was on the floor.

Palmer, of Capel Street, Hillsborough, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Sentencing him to six months in jail, suspended for 12 months, Judge Paul Watson QC said: “I take the view biting in the course of a fight is almost never justified.”