Newport pub bite man’s jail appeal fails

APPEAL: The Criminal Appeal Court in London refused Newport man Adam David Smith's appeal against a six-year jail sentence for biting a man's cheek

APPEAL: The Criminal Appeal Court in London refused Newport man Adam David Smith's appeal against a six-year jail sentence for biting a man's cheek

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A MAN who bit a middle-aged pub-goer in the face had his appeal to reduce his six-year jail term dismissed.

Adam David Smith, 22, of Monnow Way, Bettws, Newport, buried his teeth in the cheek of Peter Robinson, in his 50s, outside a pub in the city, on August 13 last year, after launching an attack while his victim was smoking.

Smith was jailed for six years, with a two-year extended licence period, at Cardiff Crown Court in March, having pleaded guilty to wounding with intent. The judge ruled that Smith was a “dangerous” offender.

This week, Smith asked London’s Criminal Appeal Court, to reduce his punishment, claiming it was much too tough.

The court heard that 52-year-old Mr Robinson had been enjoying a sociable evening with friends and had stepped out to smoke a cigarette when Smith approached him.

Smith, who was acting strangely, told his victim: “This is our local”.

He then shouted and swore at Mr Robinson saying he would bite his “face off” before seizing his victim’s cheek between his teeth.

Mr Robinson reacted by pushing Smith off and a chunk of his cheek was torn away as Smith refused to release his grip.

Smith was arrested shortly afterwards.

He later told the police he had no memory of the attack and the first thing he remembered was waking up in a police cell.

He told police he had been drinking and had taken a legal high.

Lawyers for Smith argued that he had not inflicted very serious harm and ought to have received a shorter sentence.

However Lady Justice Macur, sitting with two other judsges, dismissed the appeal, saying that Smith had “no mitigation apart from his guilty plea”.

“We cannot conclude that the six-year term was manifestly excessive,” she said.

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7:58am Fri 27 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

A victory for common sense
A victory for common sense Dai Rear
  • Score: 24

8:25am Fri 27 Jun 14

cornucopia of crapitude says...

I can't believe he had the cheek to launch an appeal.
I can't believe he had the cheek to launch an appeal. cornucopia of crapitude
  • Score: 13

8:42am Fri 27 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

Also reported today-a p1key, James Kempster - in Hampshire bites another's ear (mostly) off and doesn't even go to gaol.
Also reported today-a p1key, James Kempster - in Hampshire bites another's ear (mostly) off and doesn't even go to gaol. Dai Rear
  • Score: 7

10:06am Fri 27 Jun 14

Chartist follower says...

Fine for footballers to get a rap over the knuckles though.........
Biting and violence should always be a custodial sentence
Fine for footballers to get a rap over the knuckles though......... Biting and violence should always be a custodial sentence Chartist follower
  • Score: 12

1:10pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

People who go around biting others are lucky they are not living in Transylvania 500 years ago as the sentence would almost definitely have included garlic, crucifixes and stakes.
People who go around biting others are lucky they are not living in Transylvania 500 years ago as the sentence would almost definitely have included garlic, crucifixes and stakes. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -1

1:26pm Fri 27 Jun 14

welshmen says...

Should have given him another two years for the cheek....
Should have given him another two years for the cheek.... welshmen
  • Score: 2

5:34pm Fri 27 Jun 14

corpardguy says...

This guy is an obvious public danger if he cannot control himself at this age, when will he? The longer he is off the street and away from my family and friends the better I like it. And the same goes for any violent offender, no matter what the provocation or substance abuses involved.

He can always take up soccer in goal..... and learn the correct etiquette for biting.........
This guy is an obvious public danger if he cannot control himself at this age, when will he? The longer he is off the street and away from my family and friends the better I like it. And the same goes for any violent offender, no matter what the provocation or substance abuses involved. He can always take up soccer in goal..... and learn the correct etiquette for biting......... corpardguy
  • Score: 0

9:12pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Limestonecowboy says...

These lunatic lawyers says no serious harm caused ! would be interesting to see the victims reponse to that.
These lunatic lawyers says no serious harm caused ! would be interesting to see the victims reponse to that. Limestonecowboy
  • Score: 2

8:43pm Sat 28 Jun 14

stevey says...

Why is it that they state they were drinking and or on drugs is a mitigation??
Don't drink and/or do drugs if you cannot control yourselves...muppets
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Why is it that they state they were drinking and or on drugs is a mitigation?? Don't drink and/or do drugs if you cannot control yourselves...muppets . stevey
  • Score: 0

9:11am Sun 29 Jun 14

jimmysmith says...

His tax payer funded lawyers argued the poor mans injuries were not serious .and they are supposed to be our betters and peers. .They should be struck of ,and well done the judges for not reducing that vile scums sentence
His tax payer funded lawyers argued the poor mans injuries were not serious .and they are supposed to be our betters and peers. .They should be struck of ,and well done the judges for not reducing that vile scums sentence jimmysmith
  • Score: 0

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