Company Director Who Tried To Help Friend In A Street Attack Gets Part Of His Ear Chopped Off (Photos)

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A company director had part of his ear bitten off in a
cowardly attack by a group of men as he made his way home from a night out with
his fiancee. Mike O’Connor, 30, had just been for a meal with Laura Dolan when
a friend was set upon in the street.

The gang of four or five men were said to be attacking
Martin McColl. They knocked the 25-year-old unconscious.
Mike went to his aid, but ‘felt a rip’ as the top of his
left ear was bitten off in the struggle which ensued.
A piece of his ear was retrieved by police at the scene in
Bridge Street, Morpeth, Northumberland, and is being tested for the DNA of his
attacker. But plastic surgeons were unable to re-attach it, and Mike faces
months of painful skin grafts to repair the damage.
Photos taken in the immediate aftermath show the bloody
injuries to Mike’s face and head, with 40 one centimetre stitches in his ear
wound. He underwent reconstructive surgery at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria
Infirmary following the attack, which happened in the early hours of Sunday.

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