Corby man bit off part of victim’s ear in New Year brawl

The Village Inn in Corby where the fight took place
The Village Inn in Corby where the fight took place

A Corby man has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for biting off part of a man’s ear in a drunken brawl, and for growing 22 cannabis plants in his home.

James Farrelly, of Stephenson Way, Corby, bit Neil Shipley-Smith on January 1 after an “altercation” with the victim in the Village Inn Pub, Corby.

Farrelly confronted the victim after he left the premises and Mrs Laura O’Malley, prosecuting, said the victim then covered his face with his hands as he thought he was going to be attacked, adding: “The defendant then lent forwards and bit Mr Smith’s left ear and spat part of it out on the ground.”

Mr Shipley-Smith attended Kettering General Hospital and required 23 stitches and still may require reconstructive surgery.

After police visited Farrelly’s house, on January 8, in relation to the incident, they discovered Farrelly had been growing cannabis in his home and issued a search warrant – 22 plants were found.

Farrelly was sentenced to two-and-a-half years for wounding with intent and six months for the growing of an illegal drug, which will be served concurrently.