Father bites stepson in ‘Luis Suarez-style’ attack

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A SHERIFF has expressed “sympathy” for a parent who launched a Luis Suarez-style attack on his stepson – by biting into his face during a row.

Mehmet Tekin bit into the cheek of Lee Thomson after the 26-year-old arrived home late following a drinking session.

Tekin, 35, had told Mr Thomson to be home for 10pm and not to come back drunk, but the stepson turned up 20 minutes late “smelling of drink”.

A violent struggle between the pair then ensued when Tekin locked the man out and told him he wasn’t getting into the property in East Linton, East Lothian. Haddington Sheriff Court was told during the fight Tekin sank his teeth into Mr Thomson’s face and drew blood.

Sheriff Colin McCrory told the court the incident was “a topical form of assault” for those who are following this year’s World Cup tournament where Uruguayan striker ­Suarez appeared to bite an ­Italian defender. Depute fiscal Brent Bissett said: “The injury was a bite mark to the cheek causing it to bleed. The accused was subsequently detained and admitted to biting him. He added it wasn’t intentional to bite.”

Solicitor Angela Craig said her client was “a decent hard-working man” and had been married to Mr Thomson’s mother for the past few years. Ms Craig added: “The complainer has a significant criminal record and had stayed at the address as long as he adhered to certain rules imposed by my client. I’m afraid not only was the ­complainer late but he was smelling of drink.”

Tekin admitted to an amended charge of assaulting stepson Lee Thomson by biting him on the head to his injury at High Street, East ­Linton, East Lothian on December 23 last year, when he appeared at Haddington Sheriff Court ­yesterday.

Sheriff Colin McCrory said: This is a topical form of assault for those who follow football matches, but we will put that carefully to one side.

“Biting somebody is a nasty form of assault. I have a certain amount of sympathy with you, but under no circumstances should you bite someone.”

Sheriff McCrory fined Tekin £200. The sheriff hit the headlines two years ago when he stunned former Hibernian striker Garry O’Connor – who was appearing at the East Lothian court on allegations of insurance fraud involving his crashed Ferrari – by telling him he was a staunch Hearts supporter.

The footballer, who had been ordered to attend the court in person in March 2012 to answer the alleged fraud charges, looked shocked when the sheriff told him he was a Hearts shareholder and a ­regular at Tynecastle.

At the time, Sheriff McCrory said: “For the record, I should declare that I’m a season ticket holder at Tynecastle. Is there any objection to me dealing with this matter? I just thought it appropriate that I should disclose this. I also have some Hearts shares, which I think are probably worth less than Rangers shares at the minute.”

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