Clubber bit man’s nose over spilled drinks

Livingston Sheriff Court heard David Chant bit Ryan Gray. Picture: Gordon McBrearty
Livingston Sheriff Court heard David Chant bit Ryan Gray. Picture: Gordon McBrearty
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A man sank his teeth into a clubber’s nose in a dispute over drinks, a court heard.

Trouble started after David Chant put a round of drinks down on a table during a night out with friends.

Clubber Ryan Gray swept the drinks away to make room for his mates’ glasses, Livingston Sheriff Court heard.

Furious Chant started a fight during which he bit his opponent on the nose.

Chant, 21, of Whitelaw Drive, Bathgate, West Lothian, pled guilty yesterday to assaulting Mr Gray in Chalmers Nightclub, Bathgate, on October 12 last year.

He was fined £250 and ordered to pay £250 compensation to Mr Gray.

Fiscal depute Katrine Craig, prosecuting, said the bite caused a scrape on the bridge of Mr Gray’s nose and a cut on the flesh between his nostrils.

She said: “This began bleeding heavily but at that time no ambulances were available.

“The complainer attended at accident and emergency the following day but he was found not to require stitches or plastic surgery. He was given several injections and a course of antibiotics.”

She said Mr Gray and his friends were “quite drunk” at the time of the incident.

Lawyer Glenn Fraser, defending, said Chant – who has never been in trouble before – was very apologetic about his behaviour.

He told the court: “He describes his drinks as having been swept off the table and three drinks landing on the floor.

“He accepts he lost his temper and challenged the complainer.”

Passing sentence, Sheriff Martin Edington told Chant he was prepared to accept that there was a background to the attack.

But he added: “This was a particularly nasty assault to bite somebody and to do so to their face to injury.”