A man who bit off part of another man's ear has been caught after DNA evidence linked him to the attack in Glasgow seven years ago.
Thomas Reid, 36, assaulted Stephen Howe at an underpass in Cowcaddens after the 49-year-old intervened in an argument between him and his girlfriend.
He was linked to the May 2003 attack after giving a DNA sample in connection with another incident.
Sentence on Reid was deferred and he was released on bail.
Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how Mr Howe had been out for a stag night when he came across Reid and his girlfriend in the underpass and tried to stop them arguing.
Reid started struggling with him and as he tried to fend him off he could feel himself being bitten.
It was only when he returned home that Mr Howe discovered part of his left ear was missing.
He went to hospital and reported the incident to the police. Mr Howe also returned to the underpass and found the missing part of his ear which he handed in to police.
The court was told that Mr Howe had to have an operation on his ear to close the wound and a DNA sample was taken but his attacker was not found at the time.
It was seven years later when Reid was giving a DNA sample in connection with another case that he was linked to Mr Howe's assault.
Sheriff Norman Ritchie deferred sentence until next month for background reports and Reid was released on bail.