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  • 22 February 2014, 2:35

Casualty's Clive Mantle 'Big Monster' Claim

A man who bit Casualty star Clive Mantle in the ear thought the actor was trying to kill him, a court has heard.

Philip McGilvray, 33, admits biting Mr Mantle but says it was an act of self-defence.

He described the actor - who also stars in Game of Thrones - as a "big monster" who pinned him to the floor in a Travelodge in Newcastle last year.

McGilvray and co-defendant Alan French, 32, deny wounding with intent.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how the pair started drinking in the afternoon before returning to the hotel in the early hours.

Mr Mantle, who played Dr Mike Barrett in Casualty, then left his room to tell them to be quiet, McGilvray said.

"I turned around and the next thing I was taken out by this big guy," said the accused. "I'm not sure if he punched me or clothes-lined me.

"It was like being hit by a car. I was on my back and Mr Mantle was straight on top of me. I had one arm in front of me and the other under my back and I could not move.

"He was attacking me, he was on top of me, his face right in front of me.

"I was surprised and shocked. I was scared, angry, and I did not know what I had done. All I had done was speak to some girls and then I had a big monster on me.

"I don't know why I did it, I could not get away, I did not know what he had in his hands, I thought he was trying to kill me."

McGilvray, who told the court he had a previous conviction for assault, revealed how he suffered a similar injury himself when a bouncer bit off his ear and swallowed it.

"I know every feeling and emotion that Mr Mantle has been through," he said. "I'm disgusted with myself and ashamed with myself."

Jolyon Perks, prosecuting, accused McGilvray of talking "absolute rubbish".

He said the defendants left the scene for three hours after the incident, trying to check in to another hotel before returning to the Travelodge

"You lost your temper when you were drunk and went over the top, way over the top," Mr Perks said.

"You were unable to explain to the police in your interview what Clive Mantle could possibly have done to justify your reaction.

"You did it because when you are drunk your character changes and you decided that you were going to disfigure him."

Giving evidence, French claimed he tried to stop the actor attacking McGilvray.

"I saw him lunging straight for Phil and they were straight on the floor," he said. "I turned round and saw they were wrestling on the ground.

"I started shouting, telling him to walk away, please walk away, you don't need to do this."

French, who denies punching the actor in the head, said biting someone's ear was "not human", but claimed he witnessed nothing of the sort.

The case continues.

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