Growl followed by 'vicious' bite at nightclub
A COFFS Harbour man growled as he ripped part of a stranger's ear off with his teeth in a Brisbane nightclub.
Corey Lee Quigg, 27, and his brother had already been rejected from another nightclub in Fortitude Valley when he ended up in a scuffle with Matthew Webb at the Met on September 22 last year.
He pinned Mr Webb to the ground, one arm on his neck while the other delivered blows to the head and torso.
Despite people kicking Quigg in the head, he continued to bash Mr Webb.
He bit him on the jaw, mouth and ear.
Crown prosecutor Chris Minnery told Brisbane District Court that Mr Webb remembered the pain to his face stopping, growling sounds and then "hurting like nothing I could ever describe" as Quigg severed his ear.
A surgeon was unable to reattach the mangled ear and Mr Webb must get a prosthetic section which would still not create a normal look.
Mr Webb now has trouble wearing earmuffs and goggles in his landscape gardening job, rarely attends social events and has flashbacks to the assault.
Judge Leanne Clare described the grievous bodily harm as "protracted and vicious".
"It was an episode of uncontrolled rage for a sustained period," she said.
"You used your teeth as a weapon to effectively amputate part of a man's ear."
Judge Clare sentenced him to three years jail, with parole release on May 12 next year.
Defence barrister Angus Edwards said Quigg, who lives in Coffs Harbour with his de facto partner and two-year-old child, grew up with violence and had since received counselling to change his attitude.
Mr Edwards said his client, who had consumed about 15 beers that night, accepted he must have deliberately bit Mr Webb and had since given up binge drinking.
The court heard Quigg had a previous assault and wounding convictions in Newcastle where he knocked a man and woman unconscious through punching while in a line for merchandise at a concert.