A police officer is expected to have surgery to have his his ear repaired after it was bitten during a violent altercation in NSW overnight.
The 40-year-old off-duty senior constable was with other off-duty officers at a licensed premises on Keen Street in Lismore when he noticed a heavily intoxicated man allegedly “pushing patrons and acting inappropriately on the dance floor.”
The senior constable approached the man and asked him to stop, however he refused.
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The officer then alerted the 71-year-old security guard at the premises who approached the man, before he was punched in the face.
The senior constable and other officers ran to the aid of the security guard, however the man allegedly placed the senior constable in a head-lock and bit the top of his ear, causing a significant injury.
He was rushed to Lismore Base Hospital, where he is expected to undergo specialist surgery to have his ear repaired.
The 40-year-old man was taken into custody and has since been charged with a string of offences including cause grievous bodily harm with intent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
He was refused bail to face Lismore Local Court today.