Killer bit off man's ear then posted it to victim
A CONVICTED killer bit off part of a Dublin man's ear during a row and then posted the pieces through the victim's letterbox in an envelope.
The killer, Martin O'Brien (22) of St John's Park, Waterford, pleaded guilty to the assault on Jonathan Lynch at a flat in Waterford city and was jailed for two years for the offence.
O'Brien is currently in Cork Prison for other offences, including manslaughter.
The biting incident happened three months before he killed Damien Organ (25) by hitting him on the head with a hurley in a secluded area of People's Park, Waterford during a late night row.
The court was told yesterday how on December 12, 2009 Jonathan Lynch, from Cabinteely, entered the flat in William Street in Waterford city with a fork.
The occupant of the flat was alleged to have stolen Mr Lynch's mobile phone.
Prosecution counsel Noel Whelan described to Judge Rory MacCabe at Waterford Circuit Criminal Court how Mr Lynch told gardai that O'Brien "quickly set upon him, took him to the ground and got his teeth" into the man's left ear.
O'Brien told garda that Mr Lynch "ran at me" with a fork in his hand. "I then locked onto his ear with my mouth".
He was jailed for two years for the biting offence and also sentenced to four years for his part in an armed robbery at the filling station on the Park Road in Waterford City on November 25, 2010.
O'Brien had entered the petrol station shop with a knife while a young woman worked there alone and left with €280 in cash and credit receipts.
Both sentences are to run concurrently.