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Neighbour Jason Martin bit man's penis in row over loud music in Dover street, court hears

03 July 2013
by Paul Hooper

Canterbury Crown Court

The case was heard at Canterbury Crown Court

A Dover man is alleged to have sunk his teeth into his neighbour’s penis - biting it “like it was a sandwich” a row over music.

Jason Martin drew blood after stooping down to bite the manhood of Richard Henderson, it was claimed.

Mr Henderson told a jury that his penis had been bitten “like it was a sandwich”, causing him “excruciating pain.”

He was asked what it was like and replied: “I have never experienced that kind of pain to this day and I don’t want to experience it ever again.”

Photographs of the injury were later shown to the six man-six woman jury after they were told “they don’t make pleasant viewing!”

Martin, 41, of Folkestone Road has pleaded not guilty to wounding Mr Henderson with intent to cause him serious harm in the row in June last year.

Prosecutor Mary Jacobson told Canterbury Crown Court: “The two men both lived with their families in the block of flats.

“Martin’s flat is on the ground floor and to one side of a flat where the Hendersons lived.

“On the evening of June 23, Mr Henderson’s partner Michelle Hilton sent a text to the defendant complaining about the volume of the music coming from the flat.”

She claimed Martin then went to his neighbour’s flat “to confront him” about the text and the pyjama-clad Mr Henderson opened the door.

“I have never experienced that kind of pain to this day and I don’t want to experience it ever again” - Richard Henderson

She added: “A verbal altercation ensued, which culminated in the defendant reaching around Mr Henderson’s back with one hand and grabbing him by the crotch – his penis and testicles – with the other hand and then pulling Mr Henderson out of his doorway.

“Once out of the flat a scuffle ensued during which the defendant pushed Mr Henderson against a wall, stooped down and bit into, and gnawed at, Mr Henderson’s penis.”

She told the jury that the victim screamed out in pain as Ms Hilton began shouting for help.

The prosecutor added: “A female neighbour came out and saw the defendant with his face at Mr Henderson’s crotch and tried without success to pull the defendant off him.

“A male friend of the neighbour then also came out and managed to pull Martin away as Mr Henderson shouted: “He’s bitten me!” and blood could be seen in Mr Henderson’s crotch area.

Mr Henderson was taken to hospital where he underwent an operation to stitch his penis and he was later released from hospital the following day.

The prosecution claim that when police went to Martin’s flat they discovered him “with blood over his mouth”- but denying he had bitten his neighbour.

Martin is alleged to have said: “How could I bite him...I have no teeth?”

He told officers he had been attacked after the two had argued over the music and he had grabbed Mr Henderson’s penis in self-defence.

The trial continues.

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