Brawler’s finger bite ‘ for survival’
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.