Yob who bit woman in brawl is spared jail term

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A DRUNKEN thug who gatecrashed a party, then bit a woman during a brawl, has escaped jail.

Harry Gascoigne, aged 21, was slapped with a restraining order banning him from going within 50 metres of victim Amanda Barber’s home, ordered to pay her £1,000 compensation and given a nine-month suspended jail term for the attack.

Gascoigne, of Manor View, Shafton, Barnsley, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding.

The incident happened at a house in Queen’s Drive, Shafton.

Sentencing him at Sheffield Crown Court, Judge Simon Lawler QC said there was a history of animosity between Gascoigne and Ms Barber’s group.

He added: “It’s clear to me that it was not all one-way, but the fact is that you arrived, essentially uninvited and in drink, which probably had something to do with it.

“You damaged the fence, all the parties had been drinking and there was a tussle.

“During the course of that Amanda Barber was badly bitten by you. It was a deep cut and I have no doubt that it caused her a great deal of pain and she is still affected by it.”

The judge said the victim and her family wanted Gascoigne to go to jail, adding: “I have some sympathy with them but I hope they realise I have to balance all the various features.

“If I lock you up the complainant is unlikely to get any compensation, you will lose your job and you’ve had two days in custody to reflect.

“The balance has come down just in your favour.”