Grieving brother bit man on neck in Birmingham race attack

A GRIEVING Halesowen man who savagely bit a man on the neck after he had downed a considerable amount of alcohol has been spared a prison sentence.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard Mark Blakeway lashed out because he was still felt extreme sadness over the early death of his younger brother Richard who died after a single blow from another man in a pub incident.

Alexander Jacobs defending said: “He was still suffering the effects of the premature death of his brother and he just needed an excuse to explode.” He told the court 23-year-old Blakeway believed his sister Cheryl was being chatted up by Benjamin Archer who was racially abused before being bitten on the neck at the Royal Oak pub in Rowley Regis where Cheryl worked.

Mr Jacobs said: “The time has come when he has to stop using the death of his brother as an excuse for his behaviour and this can only be done with help.” Blakeway, of Spiral Close, admitted racially aggravated assault and was given a two year community order and 60 hours community punishment.

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