Admits biting part of man’s nose off

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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’.