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'You don't just bite someone's finger off for nothing'

MOVING ON: Jon Marco Reginald Perrin leaves Maroochydore Court House.
MOVING ON: Jon Marco Reginald Perrin leaves Maroochydore Court House. Tessa Mapstone

A COAST man who bit off his neighbour's fingertip in a dispute over a fuel spill that turned violent, maintains he was defending himself despite being found guilty of grievous bodily harm.

Jon Marco Reginald Perrin, 46, was today sentenced to 18 months in prison, wholly suspended for three years, and ordered to pay $5000 compensation to his former neighbour Richard Batchelor.

Perrin stood trial in April charged with causing grievous bodily harm to his North Arm next-door-neighbour on October 30, 2015.

He claimed he was defending himself from Mr Batchelor that Friday afternoon when an argument over a fuel spill from Mr Batchelor's property onto Perrin's, turned violent.

Both men were fighting, but it was Perrin who, when he was lying on the ground with Mr Batchelor on top of him, bit down on his neighbour's finger, severing the tip above the first knuckle.

A jury found Perrin guilty of grievous bodily harm.

 

Today Judge John Robertson said the self-defence issue had been "canvassed in a very professional way" before the jury reached its verdict.

"It can be accepted that they convicted you on the basis that your response to Mr Batchelor's aggression towards you was entirely disproportionate to any force that he applied to you; that is self-evident in my opinion," he said.

Mr Batchelor's fingertip was never found, and he has since moved from his Bunya Rd property.

Outside Maroochydore Court House today Mr Perrin said he was remorseful for what had happened with his close neighbour.

"I'm very sorry to Mr Batchelor for what happened," he said.

"I just hope that he can forgive me."

When asked if he still maintained he had bitten down on Mr Batchelor's finger in self defence he said "yes".

"I do, it's just, it's what the jury thought and it's how it went down," he said.

"Obviously you don't just bite someone's finger off for nothing."

Topics:  crime grevious bodily harm jon marco reginald perrin maroochydore district court


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