‘I’m disgusted with myself’ - earbite accused

ATTACKED ...  Philip McGilvray, one of the two defendants accused of attacking actor Clive Mantle, below.

ATTACKED ... Philip McGilvray, one of the two defendants accused of attacking actor Clive Mantle, below.

A MAN who admits biting off actor Clive Mantle’s ear has told jurors he had part of his own flesh bitten off in the past.

Philip McGilvray had been on a trip from Glasgow, and had been drinking since the afternoon and on the journey to Newcastle.

McGilvray, 33, told the jury at Newcastle Crown Court how he is a father of two children, aged five and nine, and lives with the mother of his two children in Hamilton, Scotland.

The jury heard how he had been involved in brawls previously, and had the bottom part of his ear bitten off when he was 17 after he was attacked on a night out, and a bouncer bit the bottom part of his ear off and swallowed it.

Since then, McGilvray has had three operations to reconstruct the lower part of his ear after he felt “disfigured”.

McGilvray told the crown court: “When I was 17, I had part of my ear bitten off. I have been through it, and I can understand. I am disgusted with myself, and ashamed of myself.

“I know what he goes through every day when he wakes up.”

The court heard how there was never a conviction and the trial was thrown out of court due to lack of evidence.

He also told the court how his brother had been murdered nine years previously, only half an hour before his first child was born.

Describing the incident involving Casualty and Game of Thrones star Mr Mantle at the Newcastle Travelodge, McGilvray said: “I was disgusted with myself when I realised what I had done.

“I had been through this before myself, and know what it’s like to have to look at it everyday in the mirror.

“I was lying on my back with him on top of me, and I just bit his ear to try and get him off me.”

He said: “I didn’t realise I had bitten it off.

“I was scared, and just wanted to get away.”

McGilvray, 33, of Arbroath Grove, Hamilton and Alan French, 32, of Forrest Gate, Hamilton, both deny a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, and are being tried by a jury at the crown court.

Jurors have heard Mr Mantle was in Newcastle for work purposes, and was staying at the Travelodge at Fawcett Street in the city.

Prosecutor Jolyon Perks told the court Mr Mantle was asleep in room 2 at the hotel and was disturbed at about 4.30am on March 24 last year by McGilvray and French, who were visiting from Scotland, making a noise outside.

In the violence that followed, a “substantial part” of Mr Mantle’s ear was bitten off, and ended up on the hotel floor.

The court heard McGilvray accepts he caused the injury, but told police he had been acting in self-defence.

Mr Perks added: “He stated he was afraid at the time, and felt ashamed of his actions.”

French claimed Mr Mantle had “gone for” his friend McGilvray, so he had tried to pull them apart.

Both men deny the charge.

n The trial continues.

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