Ear bite attacker in court on same day Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is banned for biting Italy defender Georgio Chiellini in World Cup

Daily Echo: Thug bit off part of victim's ear in attack Thug bit off part of victim's ear in attack

A MAN bit off part of a pal’s ear in a brutal attack.

James Kempster tore off a 10cm by 4cm chunk of Albert Smith’s ear with his teeth during the brutal fight.

But Kempster has been spared jail – after a judge sympathised with his victim’s plea to forgive him.

James Kempster walked free from Southampton Crown Court after being handed a 12-month suspended sentence after he admitted causing grievous bodily harm.

Daily Echo:

He was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and to pay £500 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.

Kempster was sentenced on the day that Liverpool and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, pictured below, was banned from football for four months for biting Italian defender Georgio Chiellini during a World Cup match in Brazil.

Daily Echo:

The court heard yesterday how Kempster, 50, attacked Mr Smith during a fight at Bury Brickfield Park, Marchwood Road, Totton, where they both live.

The court was not told what sparked the fight between the pair.

Prosecutor Mary Aspinall-Miles said: “This was an assault in the travelling community on a permanent settlement where there is a code of conduct and police were called.”

But the court heard how Mr Smith had since declared it was a “fair fight” and the two had made up.

Daily Echo:

Above: Kempster is arrested after a fight at Wickham Horse Fair last year

Ms Aspinall-Miles said: “They are best of friends again and he was keen to assist Mr Kempster.”

Suspending the sentence for two years Judge Peter Ralls said: “Sometimes disputes between colleagues and friends get out of hand.

“It is not a good idea to bite people’s ears off. It isn’t acceptable in any society.

“But you pleaded guilty at a later stage and I understand the attitude of the victim and that makes a difference.”

Kempster has a previous conviction for his part in a mass brawl in front of hundreds of people at the annual Wickham Horse Fair.

A court heard how bystanders had watched on in horror as members of the rival Kempster and Keet families fought in the village high street using weapons, including a catapult and a baton.

Kempster was seen brandishing a whip and admitted causing actual bodily harm.

A judge at Portsmouth Crown Court handed him a three-year community order, ordered him to do 140 hours of unpaid work and pay £150 costs and imposed an exclusion order from the Knowle and Soberton areas and a three-year banning order from Wickham Horse Fair.

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7:43am Fri 27 Jun 14

Rhombus says...

yeah pretty much all I got from this story is these single cell organisms are as bad as each other . Ad also any excuse to post more rubbish about suarez which has nothing in relation to the story.
yeah pretty much all I got from this story is these single cell organisms are as bad as each other . Ad also any excuse to post more rubbish about suarez which has nothing in relation to the story. Rhombus
  • Score: 18

7:57am Fri 27 Jun 14

massimoosti says...

**** scum needs to do a stretch inside as he's going to continue to do the same.
**** scum needs to do a stretch inside as he's going to continue to do the same. massimoosti
  • Score: 21

8:12am Fri 27 Jun 14

Ozmosis says...

If they want to keep beating each other up on their own land then let them get on with it. When it spills out onto the streets and uses NHS resources then punish them properly....
If they want to keep beating each other up on their own land then let them get on with it. When it spills out onto the streets and uses NHS resources then punish them properly.... Ozmosis
  • Score: 30

8:13am Fri 27 Jun 14

Brite Spark says...

I get the impression that he wasn't sent down purely because he's a traveller. I wonder just how many times he has been 'made known to the police'?
I get the impression that he wasn't sent down purely because he's a traveller. I wonder just how many times he has been 'made known to the police'? Brite Spark
  • Score: 21

8:15am Fri 27 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

massimoosti wrote:
**** scum needs to do a stretch inside as he's going to continue to do the same.
As long as he only does it to his own, does it really matter?
[quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: **** scum needs to do a stretch inside as he's going to continue to do the same.[/p][/quote]As long as he only does it to his own, does it really matter? Dai Rear
  • Score: 2

8:16am Fri 27 Jun 14

sue1956 says...

10cm x 4cm chunk - very big ears!
10cm x 4cm chunk - very big ears! sue1956
  • Score: 19

8:32am Fri 27 Jun 14

itsnotjustice says...

just goes to show how these people get away with whatever they like.... two convictions for violence in as many months, and both times he is pretty much let off.... absolutely disgusting.....

does this mean we can all go around our own "community" and be violent aslong as we pay the other guy /beg the other guy to say we made up??????
just goes to show how these people get away with whatever they like.... two convictions for violence in as many months, and both times he is pretty much let off.... absolutely disgusting..... does this mean we can all go around our own "community" and be violent aslong as we pay the other guy /beg the other guy to say we made up?????? itsnotjustice
  • Score: 17

8:38am Fri 27 Jun 14

excusemoi says...

dockboy wrote:
So a member of the travelling (not that they do much travelling) community is found guilty of a serious crime and let off with a slap on the wrist, no wonder they are disliked by so many when even a crown court judge thinks the law should not apply to them.
I don't know who is more in the wrong, the tinker or the lily livered judge.
The so called lily livered judge? His Honour Peter Ralls QC has an excellent reputation and is classed as 'fair'. If the victim hadn't have asked for mercy to be shown to the defendant then it would have been a much different outcome.
[quote][p][bold]dockboy[/bold] wrote: So a member of the travelling (not that they do much travelling) community is found guilty of a serious crime and let off with a slap on the wrist, no wonder they are disliked by so many when even a crown court judge thinks the law should not apply to them. I don't know who is more in the wrong, the tinker or the lily livered judge.[/p][/quote]The so called lily livered judge? His Honour Peter Ralls QC has an excellent reputation and is classed as 'fair'. If the victim hadn't have asked for mercy to be shown to the defendant then it would have been a much different outcome. excusemoi
  • Score: -2

9:19am Fri 27 Jun 14

saintsfan76 says...

Dont really want to stick up for the actions of Suerez in Brazil but to be fair to him he didn't bite anybodys ear off so his actions only really have a somewhat tenuous link to this story.
Dont really want to stick up for the actions of Suerez in Brazil but to be fair to him he didn't bite anybodys ear off so his actions only really have a somewhat tenuous link to this story. saintsfan76
  • Score: 3

9:26am Fri 27 Jun 14

Big Mac says...

Surely he should remember to wear his bra when he leaves the caravan in future, does he have no standards?!
Surely he should remember to wear his bra when he leaves the caravan in future, does he have no standards?! Big Mac
  • Score: 15

10:47am Fri 27 Jun 14

SouthamptonLegend says...

excusemoi wrote:
dockboy wrote:
So a member of the travelling (not that they do much travelling) community is found guilty of a serious crime and let off with a slap on the wrist, no wonder they are disliked by so many when even a crown court judge thinks the law should not apply to them.
I don't know who is more in the wrong, the tinker or the lily livered judge.
The so called lily livered judge? His Honour Peter Ralls QC has an excellent reputation and is classed as 'fair'. If the victim hadn't have asked for mercy to be shown to the defendant then it would have been a much different outcome.
What bull!!

IF YOU DO THE CRIME YOU SHOULD DO THE TIME!!
[quote][p][bold]excusemoi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dockboy[/bold] wrote: So a member of the travelling (not that they do much travelling) community is found guilty of a serious crime and let off with a slap on the wrist, no wonder they are disliked by so many when even a crown court judge thinks the law should not apply to them. I don't know who is more in the wrong, the tinker or the lily livered judge.[/p][/quote]The so called lily livered judge? His Honour Peter Ralls QC has an excellent reputation and is classed as 'fair'. If the victim hadn't have asked for mercy to be shown to the defendant then it would have been a much different outcome.[/p][/quote]What bull!! IF YOU DO THE CRIME YOU SHOULD DO THE TIME!! SouthamptonLegend
  • Score: 10

11:32am Fri 27 Jun 14

country bird says...

The judge was sympathetic and let him off!!! WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH THE JUDGE, HE SHOULD HAVE DONE TIME FOR THIS. we should not let people off lightly with this violent behaviour.
The judge was sympathetic and let him off!!! WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH THE JUDGE, HE SHOULD HAVE DONE TIME FOR THIS. we should not let people off lightly with this violent behaviour. country bird
  • Score: 8

11:58am Fri 27 Jun 14

forest hump says...

sue1956 wrote:
10cm x 4cm chunk - very big ears!
Enid Blyton's to blame
[quote][p][bold]sue1956[/bold] wrote: 10cm x 4cm chunk - very big ears![/p][/quote]Enid Blyton's to blame forest hump
  • Score: 1

12:02pm Fri 27 Jun 14

forest hump says...

Typical idiotic media referencing! Suarez to this incident is likening a city stabbing to an atrocity in Iraq! Absolutely no connection or relevance.
Typical idiotic media referencing! Suarez to this incident is likening a city stabbing to an atrocity in Iraq! Absolutely no connection or relevance. forest hump
  • Score: -1

2:22pm Fri 27 Jun 14

paraboy says...

this was a tadpole that made it god help us
this was a tadpole that made it god help us paraboy
  • Score: -1

2:44pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Hastagger says...

So, two convictions for violence within a few months, one with a weapon, and he is free to walk the streets... great

#trends
#whatjustice
So, two convictions for violence within a few months, one with a weapon, and he is free to walk the streets... great #trends #whatjustice Hastagger
  • Score: 9

3:19pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

itsnotjustice wrote:
just goes to show how these people get away with whatever they like.... two convictions for violence in as many months, and both times he is pretty much let off.... absolutely disgusting.....

does this mean we can all go around our own "community" and be violent aslong as we pay the other guy /beg the other guy to say we made up??????
Well, it's what they do, isn't it? He wouldn't have to pay a fellow tinker. It's acceptable to behave like that to another tinker. Interestingly enough in today's news Adam David Smith, from a housing project in Newport Monmouthshire , 22, had a 6 year sentence upheld by the Court of Appeal for the same thing : the main difference was, I suppose, that he bit the face of a middle aged normal member of society.
It's driving me mad to try to sign in to this and it immediately says I'm signed out. Does it annoy you? Doesn't say much for the IT of the group which runs these local paper websites, does it?
[quote][p][bold]itsnotjustice[/bold] wrote: just goes to show how these people get away with whatever they like.... two convictions for violence in as many months, and both times he is pretty much let off.... absolutely disgusting..... does this mean we can all go around our own "community" and be violent aslong as we pay the other guy /beg the other guy to say we made up??????[/p][/quote]Well, it's what they do, isn't it? He wouldn't have to pay a fellow tinker. It's acceptable to behave like that to another tinker. Interestingly enough in today's news Adam David Smith, from a housing project in Newport Monmouthshire , 22, had a 6 year sentence upheld by the Court of Appeal for the same thing : the main difference was, I suppose, that he bit the face of a middle aged normal member of society. It's driving me mad to try to sign in to this and it immediately says I'm signed out. Does it annoy you? Doesn't say much for the IT of the group which runs these local paper websites, does it? Dai Rear
  • Score: -1

5:04pm Fri 27 Jun 14

thesouth says...

All I got from reading this is that it is acceptable to fight as you don't go to prison for it
All I got from reading this is that it is acceptable to fight as you don't go to prison for it thesouth
  • Score: 0

5:24pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Saint Botley says...

excusemoi wrote:
dockboy wrote:
So a member of the travelling (not that they do much travelling) community is found guilty of a serious crime and let off with a slap on the wrist, no wonder they are disliked by so many when even a crown court judge thinks the law should not apply to them.
I don't know who is more in the wrong, the tinker or the lily livered judge.
The so called lily livered judge? His Honour Peter Ralls QC has an excellent reputation and is classed as 'fair'. If the victim hadn't have asked for mercy to be shown to the defendant then it would have been a much different outcome.
Rubbish. It's completely irresponsible. He's given idiots an open invitation to do whatever they want. "It's never a good idea to bite somebody's ear off" rather down plays the gravity of the offence I think. Absolutely ridiculous sentence in every respect.
[quote][p][bold]excusemoi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dockboy[/bold] wrote: So a member of the travelling (not that they do much travelling) community is found guilty of a serious crime and let off with a slap on the wrist, no wonder they are disliked by so many when even a crown court judge thinks the law should not apply to them. I don't know who is more in the wrong, the tinker or the lily livered judge.[/p][/quote]The so called lily livered judge? His Honour Peter Ralls QC has an excellent reputation and is classed as 'fair'. If the victim hadn't have asked for mercy to be shown to the defendant then it would have been a much different outcome.[/p][/quote]Rubbish. It's completely irresponsible. He's given idiots an open invitation to do whatever they want. "It's never a good idea to bite somebody's ear off" rather down plays the gravity of the offence I think. Absolutely ridiculous sentence in every respect. Saint Botley
  • Score: 5

6:41pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Mary80 says...

Our justice system is run by morons i mean just because the alleged victim cries mercy why should the judge listen?
Our justice system is run by morons i mean just because the alleged victim cries mercy why should the judge listen? Mary80
  • Score: 6

8:46am Sun 29 Jun 14

notableedingheart says...

Two violence offences within a short period while serving a community order certainly suggests that this low life species, who will consume resources without producing anything positive, is a potential candidate for gaol time. However it is still only marginal and both offences, although distressing to the broader community, were committed within and upon his less than "normal" community.
This is an excellent example of how the Judiciary often have their hands tied when sentencing offenders including low life offenders such as this person. Gaol or non-gaol however we do not have punitive non-gaol punishments that cause offenders fear and apprehension.
Time to gather a team of strong practical and objective people, not your usual left wing wrist wringing academics, out of touch with normal society social or welfare workers or career minded politically correct public servant but middle Britain pragmatists to develop community schemes that offenders will fear.
This particular specimen seems ideal for a strong community punishment which requires him to produce, probably for the 1st time in his life, something to repay society. And if he fails then it is gaol time for him.
A great theory, one which I have been unsuccessfully advocating for many years. Perhaps one day specimens like this chap will be appropriately punished.
Two violence offences within a short period while serving a community order certainly suggests that this low life species, who will consume resources without producing anything positive, is a potential candidate for gaol time. However it is still only marginal and both offences, although distressing to the broader community, were committed within and upon his less than "normal" community. This is an excellent example of how the Judiciary often have their hands tied when sentencing offenders including low life offenders such as this person. Gaol or non-gaol however we do not have punitive non-gaol punishments that cause offenders fear and apprehension. Time to gather a team of strong practical and objective people, not your usual left wing wrist wringing academics, out of touch with normal society social or welfare workers or career minded politically correct public servant but middle Britain pragmatists to develop community schemes that offenders will fear. This particular specimen seems ideal for a strong community punishment which requires him to produce, probably for the 1st time in his life, something to repay society. And if he fails then it is gaol time for him. A great theory, one which I have been unsuccessfully advocating for many years. Perhaps one day specimens like this chap will be appropriately punished. notableedingheart
  • Score: 0

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