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Exeter man burned after X Factor final row

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Image caption The attack was following a row about who would win the X Factor final last December

Boiling water was poured over a man's head and part of his ear was bitten off during a drunken row over a television programme, a court has heard.

Brian Wade was left with horrific burns after the attack in December at his home in Manston Road, Exeter.

Lee Stynes, 28, and Mathew Gannaway-Pitts, 18, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm at Exeter Crown Court.

Judge David Tyzack remanded both men in custody for reports.

The court was told Mr Wade was attacked after an argument about who would win the X Factor as the three men watched the ITV talent show final between Matt Cardle and Rebecca Ferguson last December.

Flesh 'trophy'

Stynes and Gannaway-Pitts had been staying at Mr Wade's flat when the assault took place.

Prosecutor Terry Holder said Gannaway-Pitts started the unprovoked attack, but it was Stynes who poured the boiling water over the "hapless" victim and "bit off his left ear".

Stynes admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and Gannaway-Pitts admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Wade.

Defence solicitor Malcolm Galloway said both Stynes and Gannaway-Pitts would face "substantial custodial sentences".

Det Con Blain Bishop, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said the attack on Mr Wade was "horrific" and resulted in him being treated at a specialist burns unit in Bristol.

After Stynes bit off part of Mr Wade's ear, Gannaway-Pitts put it in his tobacco pouch "as a trophy", the police officer added.

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