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  • 25 February 2014, 22:05

Clive Mantle Ear-Bite Case: Two Cleared

Two men accused of attacking former Casualty actor Clive Mantle have been cleared of all charges.

During the trial, Philip McGilvray admitted biting Mr Mantle in the ear at a Travelodge in Newcastle last year but said it was an act of self-defence.

He had described the actor - who also stars in Game of Thrones - as a "big monster" who pinned him to the floor during a row over late-night noise.

Mr McGilvray, 33, and co-defendant Alan French, 32, were cleared of grievous bodily harm with intent by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.

Mr Mantle said he was "hurt" and "baffled" by the decision.

"I am utterly shell shocked by the verdict of the court, and have lost a great deal of faith in a process which can deliver such an injustice," he said.

Trouble started when Mr Mantle left his room to tell the pair - who had been drinking from the afternoon - to be quiet. 

Mr McGilvray told the jury: "I turned around and the next thing I was taken out by this big guy. 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."

He said he believed the only way to stop the attack, in which he thought Mr Mantle was trying to kill him, was to bite his ear.

Mr McGilvray said he felt "disgusted" and "ashamed" with himself, having once suffered a similar injury. When he was younger, a bouncer bit his ear and swallowed it.

A court heard Mr McGilvray had previously been convicted of assault and had got into trouble for fighting. He also said his brother had been stabbed to death in the street.

During the trial, Mr Mantle showed the jury his ear, which had a chunk missing.

Describing the events of that night, he told the court he was in a touring production of The Ladykillers.

He said it was 4.30am when he was woken up by a "cacophony" outside his room. He said he was brought down like an old water buffalo by "two hyenas".

After someone intervened to help, he remembered seeing flesh from his ear on the carpet. It was put in water in the hope of preserving it, but that compromised the tissue and it could not be re-attached.

Mr Mantle, who was understood to be on holiday after giving evidence last week, was described as a gentle man by his agent.

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