Poker Player Has Ear Bitten Off At Conservative ClubDecember 4, 2015 5:13 pm
Each year a number of news stories are reported involving violent incidences at poker tournaments, with most usually involving someone trying to rob the game. Other stories may involve a bad tempered exchange or even a fight breaking out between players mid-game. Less rare, however, are gruesome tales involving one player trying to bite off another player’s ear Mike Tyson-style.
Unfortunately, that is precisely what transpired at the Kirby Street Conservative Club in Ipswich, England on January 4th, 2015, an act which has now earned its perpetrator, Nicholas Salisbury, 27, a three year stretch behind bars. Commenting on the despicable act, Judge Rupert Overbury said:
“Unfortunately when you have too much to drink you do behave aggressively. Your attack on Mr. Reed was unprovoked and extremely violent and every time he looks in the mirror he will be reminded of that evening.”
According to court details, Robert Reed was taking part in a poker tournament at the conservative club, but found himself distracted by the increasingly drunken, “crude and obnoxious” behavior of Nicholas Salisbury. After witnessing one of his friends verbally attacked by Salisbury, Mr Reed apparently berated him, to which he was then challenged to a fight outside. Mr Reed declined the invitation, but having later gone outside for a cigarette, Salisbury followed him, before punching him in the face, getting him into a headlock, and subsequently biting off part of his ear.
In her client’s defense, attorney Nicola May claimed that Reed was heavily intoxicated, and that he had no recollection of having been abusive during the poker tournament, or of having attacked Mr Reed.
“He apologizes for the injuries caused to the complainant,” explained Miss May.