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Teenager bit off innocent man's ear and boasted he'd swallowed it

A teenager has been sentenced to three years custody for biting off the ear of an innocent man in the street - and then boasting that he'd swallowed it.

Thomas Bradwick Credit: South Wales Police

Thomas Bradwick, 18, lunged at passer-by Ian Curtis as he chatted with a friend in a "vicious and unprovoked attack".

Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard drunken Bradwick punched him in the face before biting off the top of his victim's ear in a scuffle.

Bradwick - who had already thrown a beer bottle as he hanged around with a gang of youths - shouted: "Look boys I've got his ear in my mouth."

The court heard Mr Curtis was in agony when Bradwick told him: "I've had your ear already. I swallowed it and I'll have your nose next."

Prosecutor Ieuan Morris said:

This was a sickening, mindless attack on a middle aged man.

– Prosecutor Ieuan Morris
Merthyr Crown Court hears Bradwick's behaviour was Credit: PA

Mr Curtis was left with a deformed ear after cartilage and a section of skin were torn off in the attack in Mill Street, Pontypridd, in August.

Bradwick, of Harcourt Road, Mountain Ash, admitted affray and wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Judge William Gaskell said: "Your behaviour was thoroughly obnoxious. You gloried in what you had done. You gloried in your violence."

Bradwick was sent to a young offender institution for three years and ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge.

The court heard his friend Rhidian Llewellyn Spencer also later attacked Mr Curtis.

Spencer, of Sheppard Street, Pontypridd, admitted affray. Spencer was given six months in a young offender institution and ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge.