A 19-year-old woman's ear was partially bitten off after a man offered to fight her outside a pub, the High Court has heard.
Surgeons were unable to reattach the piece following the attack in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, a judge was told.
Craig Wright (20) faces a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to the victim.
He is alleged to have carried out the assault on the woman - a stranger to him - following an encounter in May.
Crown counsel Kate McKay claimed Wright, of Green Walk, Rathcoole, Newtownabbey, first approached the woman on the dance floor of the Cloughfern Arms.
The barrister told a bail hearing that the accused was crying and talked about having just buried a friend. It was claimed that Wright became aggressive despite the woman trying to console him.
Wright's application for bail was adjourned until later in the week. The judge, Mr Justice McCloskey, directed that all available and relevant reports in connection with the case should be made available.