Concreter describes ear-grinding feeling

LUKE ELIOTNorth West Telegraph

A Port Hedland fly-in, fly-out worker who had part of his ear bitten off in a nightclub fight has described feeling his ear being gnawed.

Jason Matthews, 21, was at Perth’s Villa Nightclub, in Stirling Street, Northbridge, early on December 18 when he met friends who were with a man with whom he reportedly had a falling out.

About 2.15am the men allegedly bumped into each other, sparking a violent punch-up.

“I fell on to some couches,” Mr Matthews said.

“We pretty much wrestled, then I felt I was being kicked and punched. I could feel him start to bite my rib area, then he went to bite my chest and finally I could feel him biting my ear,” he claimed.

“I was trying to move my head away and get away from it ... then he bear-hugged me as hard as he could and I could feel him chewing, just grinding my ear.”

Mr Matthews, a fly-in, fly-out concreter who works in Port Hedland, said he went to grab his ear as he fell back and realised it was bleeding, profusely.

“All I could hear was a girl screaming, ‘your ear’,” he said.

Mr Matthews said he placed his hand back, and saw blood nearby.

“Then I realised my ear was gone.”

Mr Matthews said his girlfriend put his ear on ice.

Surgeons were reportedly unsure whether the ear would survive, and Mr Matthews may need plastic surgery.

He had planned to go to Malaysia over New Year and get doctors there to check on it.

“It’s not only caused complications to my ear, it’s kind of ruined my holiday and work,” he said.

Two men from Morley, aged 22 and 21, were charged with assault, with the younger also accused of causing bodily harm.

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