Victim of vicious nightclub assault speaks of shock at losing part of his ear in the attack

SHOCKED: Callum Budden.

SHOCKED: Callum Budden.

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Dorchester reporter

THE victim of a vicious nightclub assault who had part of his ear bitten off has spoken of his shock at the attack.

Callum Budden lost part of his left ear after being attacked by Josephine Mulry in Dusk nightclub in Weymouth in September last year.

Mulry, aged 27, of Airfield Close, Crossways, was given a suspended sentence for an offence of unlawful wounding at Dorchester Crown Court this week – a sentence Mr Budden described as ‘a bit too lenient’.

The case was reported in the Dorset Echo yesterday.

The 21-year-old victim said that the unprovoked attack happened so quickly it took some time to sink in.

He said: “There was probably only around a 15-second window before the Dusk staff got rid of her – they executed that really quickly. I didn’t really get time to think it was so brief.”

Mr Budden added: “I didn’t realise what had happened, it took me a fair few minutes before someone said: ‘You’re missing a bit of your ear’.

“The shock was still there.”

The ear part was not recovered and it was mentioned in court someone had eaten it.

Mr Budden said he didn’t know what happened to it – but heard that someone who had found it had put it in their mouth after the attack, but had been told to take it out again.

Mr Budden, who works at neighbouring nightspot Aura, said he had never seen his assailant before and did not understand why she had attacked him.

He said: “The first time I saw the girl properly was in the Echo.

“I had never seen her before in my life.”

Mr Budden said the swift response of the staff in Dusk on the night was reassuring and he did not feel apprehensive about returning to the venue.

He also felt lucky that there was a plastic surgeon on duty at Dorset County Hospital the day after the attack and praised the job they had done to treat the wound.

Mr Budden said: “They did an awesome job, it doesn’t even look that bad.”

As well as the door staff and medical personnel, Mr Budden also praised the police for their response to the incident.

When asked about the sentence handed down to Mulry – a nine-month jail term suspended for 12 months and an order to pay £500 compensation – Mr Budden said he might have felt guilty had she been sent to prison.

However, he said he felt the sentence was ‘a bit too lenient’ in light of the fact she only pleaded guilty shortly before a trial was due to take place.

Mr Budden said: “If she had pleaded guilty from the start I would have been more than happy with the sentence.”

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