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Ear biting sentence 'too lenient'

An unduly lenient term was imposed on a man for biting off part of his victim's ear in a takeaway, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

But judges declined a prosecution bid to increase Kieran Joseph Kavanagh's three year and six month custody probation order due to certain double jeopardy issues.

Kavanagh (23) pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm during a family feud-related attack in west Belfast April 2008.

The victim, then aged 23, has since died in circumstances unconnected with the incident.

Ruling on the case, Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan, sitting with Lord Justice Coghlin and Mr Justice Stephens, held that the appropriate sentence should have been five years.

Belfast Telegraph