An Irish soldier has admitted biting part of a man’s nose off.
Barry Fitzgerald, of Doire House, Drumnishear, Carrigans, Co.Donegal, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm on April 14, last year.
The charge relates to an incident outside a take away in the Waterloo Street area.
The 25-year-old initially denied the charge but the day after a jury was sworn to try the case at Derry Crown Court, Fitzgerald changed his plea.
The court heard the prosecution accept that although Fitzgerald made a racist comment, there is ‘no evidence to suggest racism was a driving factor’ in the assault.
It was revealed the 25-year-old made the racist comment to a police officer. He told the officer ‘I put him out of the car and I bit him. I would do it again the foreign c***’.
Sentencing was adjourned for probation pre-sentence reports to be compiled.
Defence counsel Paul Kearney said they would also be providing the court with a report from the Irish military in relation to the defendants ‘good service record’.
Fitzgerald was released on continuing bail until June 25.
Judge Brian Sherrard told the 25-year-old this was ‘no indication of the likely sentence in this case’.