Banbury man who bit off part of a man's ear in an assault has been sent to prison

A Banbury man has been sentenced to prison for assault in which he bit off part of a man's ear.

Monday, 25th January 2021, 3:22 pm
Updated Monday, 25th January 2021, 3:26 pm
Paul Boss who has been sent to prison for an assault in which he bit off part of a man's ear

Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, Paul Boss, 49, of Calthorpe Street, Banbury was sentenced last Thursday at Oxford Crown Court to six years and 10 months’ imprisonment.

He pleaded guilty to one count of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and one count of assault by beating.

One count of racially aggravated common assault was ordered to lie on file.

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On August 30, 2020, Boss assaulted two men in the Three Pigeons Public House on Southam Road, Banbury. He threw a pint glass at a member of staff, narrowly missing his head. When a customer tried to stop Boss, he assaulted him and bit off part of his ear.

The victim, a man in his thirties, sustained irreversible damage to his ear, which now requires plastic surgery.

Boss was arrested the same day and charged on August 31.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Gareth Steward, based at Banbury police station, said: “This was a horrific attack on an innocent member of the public and the landlord of the pub.

“Boss set out to cause serious harm to someone that day for reasons that are only known to him.

“I hope this sentence provides some comfort to the victim who now has to carry the physical and mental scars of this assault with him.”