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Man jailed for Southampton finger biting attack

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A man has been jailed for five years for biting the top of a man's finger off during a drunken brawl.

Paul Rowe, 28, of Aldermoor Road, Southampton, attacked Sam Mulhall during a fight outside a nightclub.

He was convicted at Southampton Crown Court of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, assault by beating and damaging public property.

Judge Peter Henry told Rowe he had been involved in "disgusting and inappropriate drunken behaviour".

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Image caption Paul Rowe was told by the judge he had been involved in "disgusting and inappropriate drunken behaviour"

Up to 20 people were involved in the fight in London Road in December 2013.

The court was told the brawl started after Rowe's group of friends were thrown out of Kelly's nightclub.

Rowe was put in a headlock by Mr Mulhall, who had rushed to the aid of a friend, when he bit the victim's little finger so hard the top off came off.

Mr Mulhall needed an operation to repair his injured finger.

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