Brawler’s fin­ger bite ‘ for sur­vival’

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

A MAN ac­cused of bit­ing off more than a cen­time­tre of an­other man’s fin­ger dur­ing a wild western Syd­ney pub brawl was sim­ply do­ing “ev­ery­thing he could to sur­vive”, a court was told yes­ter­day.

John Wayne Tsi­akas, 42, faced Camp­bell­town Lo­cal Court plead­ing not guilty to caus­ing reck­less griev­ous bod­ily harm, af­ter al­legedly crash­ing a wed­ding re­cep­tion.

Dur­ing a failed bail ap­pli­ca­tion, the court heard how Tsi­akas crashed a party at the Court Tav­ern in Camp­bell­town on Satur­day night, where he al­legedly tried to steal guests’ hand­bags from a ta­ble.

Dur­ing an en­su­ing al­ter­ca­tion, po­lice al­lege Tsi­akas bit down on the fin­ger of an­other guest, Glenn Wil­liams, sev­er­ing the digit.

Tsi­akas’s lawyer Jack Hib­bart told the court that when his client was at­tacked, he “did ev­ery­thing he could to sur­vive”.

Mag­is­trate Robin Rab­bidge told the court Tsi­akas chewed 1.2cm off Wil­liams’s right hand mid­dle fin­ger. Mr Wil­liams was taken to hospi­tal but doc­tors could not reat­tach the piece of fin­ger.

The mat­ter was ad­journed to Au­gust 21.

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