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Accused guilty over south Belfast nose-bite assault

A man accused of biting the nose of another man in an unprovoked attack in south Belfast has pleaded guilty to causing his victim grievous bodily harm.

Mark O'Callaghan (39), from Heysmoor Heights in Liverpool, was originally charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to the injured party, who had to have a skin graft to replace a piece of skin from the rim of his left nostril.

The incident occurred at a house in the Baroda Street area of Belfast on May 7, 2011.

O'Callaghan, who was working as a barman in a city centre nightclub at the time, had denied the charge. However, before his Belfast Crown Court trial could enter its second day yesterday, O'Callaghan's was rearraigned and admitted the lesser charge of causing grievous bodily harm.

The plea was accepted by the Crown and the jury ordered to record a guilty verdict. O'Callaghan will be sentenced on June 7. He was released on bail.

Belfast Telegraph