Man bit off top of victim’s ears, citing sex act with sister
A man bit the ears of f another man and claimed he had caught him trying to perform a sexual act with his sister.
Anthony Dempsey, aged 24, appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal where he pleaded guilty to an assault on John Kelly.
Gardaí were alerted to the brutal attack when a woman noticed a man on the upstairs window ledge of a house at St Eunan’s Terrace in Letterkenny on November 5 last year. The man had a bloodied face and was in a distressed state, as another man tried to pull him back into the house. Them an managed to run away and was taken into another house by two women.
The women contacted gardaí, who found Mr Kelly in a distressed and emotional state. He was rocking back and forth, was bleeding heavily, was in a lot of pain, and the tops of his two ears were missing.
Gardaí called to the house where Mr Kelly was first seen and Dempsey answered the door. Garda Gerry Fee said it was obvious that Dempsey had washed his face and that there had been blood splattered on the walls, but they had been wiped in an attempt to hide it.
He said everyone in the house was under the influence of an intoxicant and that Dempsey had become agitated and had punched the wall and worktop. He was arrested, but was initially unfit to be interviewed.
He later admitted punching Mr Kelly in the face and body, but denied biting off his ears. He said the reason for the attack was because he caught Kelly masturbating over his sleeping sister.
Garda Fee said he did not believe Dempsey’s sister was in the room or that Mr Kelly had masturbated over her.
Dempsey and Mr Kelly had first met a year earlier when both were undergoing a drug rehabilitation programme in Tullamore. Dempsey suggested that when they completed the course, they should travel to Donegal and stay with his sister.
Judge John Aylmer said he needed time to think about the sentence and he adjourned the case until next Wednesday.