'I'd just lost half my ear'

Written By miftah nugraha on Selasa, 18 Juni 2013 | 19.55

A MAN has recounted having his ear bitten off and spat out in front of horrified workers at a Hobart business.

Dion Cragg told the Supreme Court he didn't realise what had happened until he heard a woman scream out: "His ear's on the floor".

Jake James Smith, 22, of Kingston has pleaded not guilty to wounding Mr Cragg in Liverpool Street on January 25, 2012.

Mr Cragg was returning his disabled daughter to his ex-partner after an access visit and had just got off a bus from Launceston when a fight broke out.

He told the court a man named Jason called him a "deadbeat father" and kicked him before Mr Smith came at him "throwing haymakers".

The pair grappled with each other and tumbled through the front door of a business.

"We were locked together and fell through the closed doors," Mr Cragg said.

"We both landed on the carpet. Jake landed on top of me, I was face down.

"I was saying 'let me up, let's fight like men'.

"That's when he latched on and took a chunk out of my ear. Between falling down and him taking a bite would have been 15 to 20 seconds.

"He instantaneously bit it, then spat it out.

"I heard a lady scream. I didn't really feel it. She said: 'His ear's on the floor'. I put my hand up and felt the blood."

Mr Cragg said Mr Smith pulled the hood up on his top and fled.

"I picked my ear up off the floor. I had a pair of army camouflage pants on. I wrapped it in a bit of tissue and put it in my pocket."

He said he then had a beer.

Under cross examination by defence lawyer Kim Baumeler, Mr Cragg denied being aggressive while on the bus but admitted he was expecting a confrontation when he arrived because he had changed childcare arrangements with his former partner.

He admitted being very upset in the aftermath of the fight.

"I was very agitated -- I'd just lost half my ear," he said.

The jury was shown graphic photographs of Mr Cragg's injuries and bloodstains spattered liberally around the business where the fight took place.

The trial, before Justice Stephen Estcourt, is expected to finish tomorrow.


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