A man from the town was jailed last month for a brutal nightclub attack in which he bit off part of the victim’s ear.
On March 8, Luca Howse, 20, from Queen’s Drive was sentenced to three years in prison for grievous bodily harm with intent under Section 18 of the Offences Against The Person Act.
The incident happened at The Steelyard nightclub in London on Saturday, November 23, 2019.
CCTV footage from the venue’s smoking area showed Howse punch his victim until he fell to the ground.
He then jumped on the victim and severed part of his ear using his teeth as a weapon.
The wounded victim was rushed by ambulance to hospital, where doctors attempted to re-attach the missing part of the ear without success.
The victim was left with life-altering injuries, including complete loss of the helix and 50% of his earlobe.
The victim said the attack has had an impact emotionally, physically, financially and psychologically.
City of London Police Constable, Yusef Meerza said: “I am pleased that this violent and unpredictable criminal has received a custodial sentence, following what was a senseless attack on an innocent member of the public which has left the victim with permanent injuries.”
Howse was arrested at 9.35am on November 24, 2019, the morning after the attack, after voluntarily presenting himself to Hertfordshire Police.
In court, Howse pleaded guilty and received a three-year custodial sentence. He will be eligible for release on licence after 18-months.
Howse had sent a letter of remorse to the victim, apologising for what he did.
A psychiatric report was also referenced, showing that Howse is suffering from PTSD, has no previous convictions and/or markers for violence, and there was no premeditation in the attack.
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