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Teacher ‘bit off part of finger’ during bar fight

A teacher allegedly bit off part of a doorman's little finger during a bar fight, a jury has heard.

Belfast Crown Court heard allegations that 45-year-old Anthony Austin “snapped” at the hand of doorman Patrick McDonnell after he was removed from McEnaney's Bar on the Glen Road in west Belfast on July 22, 2007.

Austin, from Garnock Hill in Belfast, denies causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Giving evidence, Mr McDonnell said he had known Austin, who teaches in St Mary's School in the west of the city, for 15 years after he had coached him in GAA.

He told the court that on the night of the incident he had returned to the bar to find colleague Colin McCaffrey surrounded by four men, one of them Austin, and that he went to help him.

The doorman claimed that both his hands were on the teacher's chest and it was then Austin “snapped” at him, before one of the bites took off the top part of his little finger on his left hand.

Arrested, Austin admitted he had been in the bar but denied biting Mr McDonnell's finger.

The trial continues.

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