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Teacher: I did not bite the finger of bouncer

A PE teacher at a Christian Brothers’ school has denied biting off part of a pub doorman’s finger in an argument “over a simple pint”.

Giving evidence at Belfast Crown Court on his own behalf, 45-year-old Anthony Austin told the jury “under no circumstances” did he attack or bite the hand of bouncer Patrick McDonnell.

He said he intervened between Mr McDonnell and his colleague Colin McCaffrey as they were forcibly ejecting his brother Mark Austin from McEnaney's Bar, but he said he had no part in causing Mr Donnell's injury.

Austin, from Garnock Hill in Belfast, denies causing grievous bodily harm with intent in the early hours of July 22, 2007.

The jury has already heard Mr McDonnell claim that after an argument over a pint, he was in the process of ejecting the teacher when the top of his left little finger was bitten off.

The part-time doorman told the jury that Austin had been “snapping” at his hands as he pushed him out, but that the third time he snapped, he bit off the top of the finger, causing intense pain.

Yesterday Austin claimed he knew nothing about the argument as he had been standing at the other end of the bar.

The trial continues.

Belfast Telegraph