Man who bit off part of fel­low mourner’s nose at drunken wake sen­tenced to jail

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PIC­TOU, N.S. — A Nova Sco­tia man con­victed of bit­ing off part of a fel­low mourner’s nose in a drunken brawl at a wake has been sen­tenced to six months in jail. Ran­dall Ed­win Ma­cLean was con­victed of ag­gra­vated as­sault last Oc­to­ber. Ma­cLean was drunk when he ar­rived at the 2014 wake for his old friend Howard Miller at a house in down­town Pic­tou — but he wasn’t the only one.

Judge Del At­wood said al­most ev­ery­one present was ine­bri­ated — and as will hap­pen some­times when a group of peo­ple have had too much to drink, a dis­agree­ment turned into a brawl. Ma­cLean’s lawyer, Joel Sell­ers, says that dur­ing the sen­tenc­ing hear­ing in Pic­tou pro­vin­cial court Tues­day, his client said he re­gret­ted what hap­pened, but main­tained that he did not in­ten­tion­ally bite Paul Gaudet’s nose. Ma­cLean is also fac­ing 12 months of pro­ba­tion, a vic­tim sur­charge of $200, a DNA col­lec­tion or­der and a 10-year firearm pro­hi­bi­tion.

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