Students were bitten in the face by Upton man


Staff reporter (Chester First)

A MAN assaulted two Chester university students by biting their faces.

Stuart Phillips, 20, of Newhall Road, Upton, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating at West Cheshire Magistrates Court yesterday.

The court heard how Phillips went into McDonald’s, on Foregate Street, at about 3am on November 30 last year. He was visibly drunk and started acting aggresively towards Robert Hawkins and Andrew Edwards, who were waiting for their food after leaving the Chester Student’s Union Bar earlier in the evening.

Alan Currums, prosecuting, said Phillips squared up to Mr Edwards and said he would “knock him out”. Mr Edwards then said Phillips was “just a little boy” and Phillips then bit Mr Edwards on the nose. Phillips then approached Mr Hawkins and said “what are you smirking at” before biting him on the left cheek leaving him “shaking with fear”.

The court heard Phillips then went outside before coming back into the outlet to go to the toilet before walking towards Mr Edwards and Mr Hawkins again before staff escorted Phillips out of the premises where he was arrested by police.

The court heard neither victim was injured by the bites and Mr Edwards had decided not to pursue the case against Phillips.

Adrian Evans, defending, said it was a case of “Jekyll and Hyde” as Phillips was a “polite young man”. Mr Evans said Phillips is normally a hard working member of society but had turned into a “violent thug” after drinking too much alcohol after he split up with his girlfriend and went on a night out.

Mr Evans said this had come at a bad time for Phillips as he had recently found out his father, who he had never met, had died and his mother had lost her job. Phillips had drank so much he couldn’t remember the incident at all and Mr Evans said he was “horrified” when police told him what he had done.

Magistrates warned Phillips he was close to receiving a custodial sentence but instead gave Phillips a 12 month community order with six months supervision and an alcohol treatment requirement as well as 100 hours unpaid work.

They also ordered him to pay £300 compensation to Mr Hawkins and £75 to Mr Edwards as well as £85 court costs and a victim surcharge of £20.

See full story in the Chester Leader

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