A Good Samaritan who went to the aid of an actor who crashed his car had to run for his life when the man bit his ears off, a court has heard.
Talented actor and guitarist Bruce Carter has featured in films including Last Cab to Darwin and the recent TV remake of Picnic at Hanging Rock.
But in September last year he was involved in a real-life drama that ended up leaving another man physically and psychologically scarred.
The 36-year-old hit a nursery fence at Murray Bridge, south-east of Adelaide, after doing burnouts while drunk and on drugs.
Good Samaritan Glen Nash tried to come to his aid, but instead Carter rushed at him and punched him repeatedly, a court has heard.
The victim then tried to run from Carter, but wasn’t fast enough. He then endured the unimaginable pain of having his ears bitten off.
The man’s right ear was repaired, but his left ear had to be amputated. The top part of the left ear was recovered by police at the scene.
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The victim’s mother saw him with one ear “dangling from his face,” the court was told.
Judge Simon Stretton said the case was another example of how methamphetamine use wrecks lives.
Carter pleaded guilty in May this year to one count of causing serious harm with intent and one count of aggravated assault.
His defence lawyer, Mark Norman, said his client’s remorse was “very real”.
Carter will be sentenced next Tuesday.