Ear-biter jailed for bottle smash attack at Wembley Stadium League Cup final
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An ear-biting football fan has been jailed for smashing a bottle over a man’s head at a League Cup final game at Wembley Stadium.
Barry Ansell, 37, knocked his victim to the floor and then continued to bash him over the head in the attack on March 1 last year at the stadium in Engineer’s Way, Wembley, while on licence from prison for stabbing a woman in a row over her dog.
He was jailed for four years yesterday at Southwark Crown Court.
Ansell has a string of convictions for violent attacks, several of which reveal a tendency for biting his victims, the court was told.
In January 2002, he bit a man’s ear off after he lost several games of pool.
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Three years later, he struck again, bitting the top of his victim’s ear off in a scrap outside a bar. He was said to have thrown the ear back at his victim, shouting: “Here, have your ****ing ear back.”
Judge Joanne Evans said yesterday: “You have an extensive and continued record of violence from 1990 and continuing until your arrest for this offence.
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“The victim describes at least two blows to the back of the head and then a number of blows were sustained while he was on the floor.”
The attack after Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur was caught on CCTV. He had been released on licence from prison, where he had been serving a four-year sentence for a stabbing in 2012.
Sentencing wheelchair-bound Ansell for wounding without intent, Judge Evans asked him: “Could you stand up please?”
“I wish I could,” he replied.
Ansell, of Harlow, Essex, was ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge on top of his jail sentence.