A TEENAGER had to undergo a skin graft after his father bit a chunk of skin out of his face.
Matthew Turibamwe was 19 when he had a 10p-sized piece of flesh ripped from his left eyebrow during a scuffle with his father Barthelomew in a bedroom at their home last year.
Bradford Crown Court heard that following the attack at the family’s home in Sunnybank View, Longwood, the teenager was transferred for assessment by a plastic surgeon at the Bradford Royal Infirmary.
Prosecutor Peter Hampton said the complainant was operated on the same day and had a skin graft taken from his neck and applied to the area where the skin was missing.
The court heard that police who were called to the incident found the piece of flesh which had been torn from the victim’s face on the floor.
Mr Hampton said the teenager’s father Barthelomew Turibamwe, 43, had been drinking and arrived home in the early morning a year ago. The defendant went into his son’s bedroom, but when the teenager tried to leave the room he was pushed from behind against the bedroom door.
Mr Hampton described how the defendant headbutted his son and the teenager punched him.
“The defendant grabbed Matthew by his shoulders and pulled him down and towards him”, said Mr Hampton.
“He then bit Matthew’s face. He sank his bottom teeth into the area of skin just below the eyebrow and his top teeth into the area just above the eyebrow and bit down.
“As Matthew struggled to free himself the defendant clamped his mouth shut. The result was that Matthew's left eyebrow and surrounding skin were ripped from his face.”
Turibamwe, now of Cross Lane, Newsome, pleaded guilty at his trial last month to inflicting grievous bodily harm on his son with intent and yesterday he was jailed for three-and-a-half years.
Judge Alistair McCallum was handed a series of references on behalf of Turibamwe and he remarked that it was absolutely baffling as to why he should have committed such an offence.
Barrister Adam Birkby, for Turibamwe, submitted that the biting happened in the heat of the moment and it had been an absolute loss of control by his client.
“It’s a moment of utter madness were he has lost all reason and control and done something to his eternal regret,” added Mr Birkby.
Mr Birkby said Turibamwe was someone who was respected in the community and had been involved in local football and a Christian charity.
Over the last three years, he had made visits to Uganda with soccer kits donated by Huddersfield clubs to distribute to needy children.
He has also worked as a coach for several Huddersfield junior soccer sides.