Camborne builder Hayden Shephard jailed for biting another man's lip off
A YOUNG Camborne man has told of his horror and pain when part of his lip was bitten off by a local builder in a monstrous unprovoked attack.
Hayden Shephard, who at 6’3” towers above his victim, set upon 25-year-old Todd Mears while he was enjoying an evening out in Camborne on October 27 last year.
Shephard, 23, who went on trial at Truro Crown Court on Wednesday accused of intending to cause his victim really serious harm, was already angry when he was approached by Mr Mears in the Lounge Bar.
He told the court that he had just finished talking to his ex-partner who suggested a DNA test for his unborn child when he lost his temper and used his teeth as a weapon.
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Edward Bailey, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Mr Mears went to the bar after arriving at the late-night venue, where he met a Michael Schotel, who he did not know but who seemed distressed.
“It soon became apparent to Mr Mears that Mr Schotel was feeling intimidated by a group of at least three males,” said Mr Bailey.
“Mr Mears offered to approach this group ... and tell them to stop looking so threatening.”
Shephard, who was a member of the group, became angry and got very close to Mr Mears.
“Instinctively Mr Mears started to back off,” said Mr Bailey.
“This defendant clamped his teeth down hard onto Mr Mear’s lower lip and proceeded to bite down ... Mr Mears pulled back and in doing so, in a snapping motion, a 15mm portion of his lower lip was wrenched from him due to this defendant’s monstrous behaviour.”
Mr Mears went to the ground while Shephard and his friends made a hasty exit.
With his mouth streaming blood, Mr Mears was rushed to Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske.
The jury was shown CCTV of the vicious attack, which clearly showed the snapping motion of Shephard’s head as part of Mr Mear’s lip came away in his mouth.
Since then Mr Mears has been left in pain and unable to do day-to-day activities like kiss his girlfriend or eat an apple without feeling discomfort.
Giving evidence during the trial, still bearing a visible scar, he said: “If you can imagine somebody biting your lip as hard as you can with no intention to release, you can imagine the pain I felt.”
Shephard, of Higher Condurrow, Camborne, has already pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm but denied intending to do so.
The jury did not believe him, returning a verdict of guilty after just 28 minutes.
Shephard was jailed for three years.