‘Hulk’ thug in ear bite attack

Patrick Broadbent
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A YOUNG man who bit off part of someone’s ear had behaved like the “Incredible Hulk”, a court was told.

Patrick Broadbent’s violent streak resulted from taking a cocktail of steroid-type drugs and drink.

He has been put behind bars for three years for a series of sickening crimes which a judge called “nasty and violent”.

Broadbent, 20, of Palatine Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm, two charges of affray and one of criminal damage.

The GBH arose on October 1, when he bit Christopher White.

Doctors were later unable to attach the missing part of Mr White’s ear – about an inch wide and an inch high. The victim was left permanently disfigured.

The offence took place at Mr White’s girlfriend’s home on Winchester Avenue, Blackpool.

Paul Brookwell, prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, said Mr White challenged and grabbed hold of Broadbent when he helped himself to some vodka. It appeared Mr White may have thrown the first punch, the court heard.

Punches were exchanged before Broadbent bit a portion of Mr White’s ear.

Mr Brookwell told the court: “The defendant handed part of the ear over to one of the people at the party and told them to put it in ice.”

The wound was treated with stitches. Broadbent went on to tell police: “I was panicking. I needed to get him off me.”

He was also sentenced over an incident at his former girlfriend’s home on Gisburn Grove, Blackpool, dating back to March last year. Broadbent turned up and threatened to kill himself if she did not take him back.

He held a kitchen knife to his stomach, making threats if he found anyone else at the home.

Later in an alleyway, he held shears to his throat in a stand-off with police.

The final offence was an affray in August at Flamingo’s nightclub. Though barred from the premises, the defendant managed to get inside, threatened door staff and started to kick people off the stage.

Chris Hudson, defending, said Broadbent’s weakness had been to mix with the wrong company, take steroid-type drugs and alcohol.

The barrister told the court: “The effect of that cocktail is extreme behaviour. There is reference to him behaving like the TV figure the Incredible Hulk.

“That is borne out by his appearance and description of his behaviour in these three incidents.”

Mr Hudson said Broadbent had showed remorse following the ear biting.

Judge Stuart Baker told the defendant “You used your teeth as a weapon.

“These were nasty and violent offences”.

Broadbent was sentenced to youth custody.