Men in court after actor's ear bitten off

Former Casualty actor Clive Mantle had a "substantial part of his ear" bitten off in a hotel after asking two noisy drunks to be quiet, a court has been told.

Man who bit actor's ear "disgusted and ashamed"

Philip McGilvray arriving at Newcastle Crown Court Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

A man who bit an actor's ear in a Tyneside hotel has said he is "disgusted and ashamed" of himself.

Philip McGilvray, 33, admits biting the ear of the former Casualty actor Clive Mantle but says he was acting in self-defence after the actor had pinned him to the floor.

Mr McGilvray said that he too had suffered a similar injury when he was younger, when a bouncer bit off his ear.

He said, "I know every feeling and emotion that Mr Mantle has been through. I'm disgusted with myself and ashamed with myself."

McGilvray told the court he had previously been in trouble for fighting and had been convicted of assault.

He also said his brother had been stabbed to death.

Jolyon Perks, prosecuting, accused McGilvray of talking "absolute rubbish" and said he lied to the police when he was first interviewed.

Mr Perks said after the altercation the pair had left the scene for three hours and eventually returned later after trying to check into a different hotel.

But when the police initially interviewed McGilvray under caution, he said the last thing he recalled was being in a club.

Man who bit actor's ear tells court he was defending himself

A man accused of attacking former Casualty actor Clive Mantle and severely disfiguring his ear has told a court he was defending himself from the "big monster" that he thought was going to kill him.

Philip McGilvray, 33, admits biting the ear of Mr Mantle but says he was acting in self-defence after the actor had pinned him to the floor.

Along with Alan French, 32, McGilvray denies wounding with intent in the incident that took place in a hotel in Newcastle last year.

Both men deny causing grievous body harm with intent and the case continues.

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Defendant says too drunk to remember assaulting actor

A man accused of attacking the television actor Clive Mantle told police he had been drunk at the time, and could not recall assaulting Mr Mantle.

A jury at Newcastle Crown Court was read a transcript of a police interview with Philip McGilvray after his arrest last March.

He is accused, along with Alan French, of biting off part of Mr Mantle's ear, during an incident at an hotel in the city.

Both men deny causing grievious body harm with intent.

The case will resume tomorrow.

Men in court over ear bite attack on actor Clive Mantle

Two men have gone on trial accused of biting off part of the ear of a television actor.

Clive Mantle, who has appeared in programmes like Game of Thrones and Casualty, says he was attacked while staying at a hotel in Newcastle last year.

The accused, Philip McGilvray and Alan French, who are both from Scotland, deny a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, insisting they were attacked.

Jonny Blair reports.

Mantle: "I looked down and saw my ear lying on the floor"

Mr Mantle, appearing at Newcastle Crown Court, claims he was awoken by drunken man or men;

"They weren't noises made by sober people. They were, to all intents and purposes, like 2 musical comedy drunks.

"They seemed to pose no threat at all.

"The next thing I was aware of was a pain in my left ear... I looked down on the floor and saw my ear lying on the floor."

The two accused deny causing grievous bodily harm by intent and the trial continues.

Men in ear biting case argue actions were "self defence"

The trial has started of two men accused of deliberately biting off part of the ear of the television actor Clive Mantle during a fight.

Philip McGilvray and Alan French, who are both from South Lanarkshire in Scotland, deny the charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

They insist they were acting in self defence.

The incident happened in a Travelodge on the Newcastle quayside in the early hours of 24 March 201 when all three were staying in the hotel.

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Men accused of 'biting Casualty actor's ear off'

Former Casualty actor Clive Mantle had a "substantial part of his ear" bitten off in a hotel after asking two noisy drunks to be quiet, a court has been told.

The 56-year-old was woken up by Philip McGilvray, 33, and Alan French, 32, shouting in the corridor outside his ground-floor room, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Clive Mantle
Two men allegedly bit Clive Mantle's ear off. Credit: PETER JORDAN/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Prosecutors allege the actor was attacked by the pair and was pinned to the ground by French as McGilvray bit his left ear.

McGilvray will argue self-defence, the jury heard. At the time of he said he had been the one who was assaulted.